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Enjoy a slice of authentic Dorchester County culture with oyster shucking, log sawing, muskrat skinning, duck calling–and beauty pageants–during the 73rd annual National Outdoor Show Feb. 23-24. The event opens Friday evening with a pageant to name Miss Outdoors, followed by the world championship muskrat skinning semi-finals. The event continues on Saturday with Little Miss and Little Mister Outdoors, game cooking demo, police K-9 demo, duck and goose calling contests, more championship muskrat skinning, and more. You can even taste muskrat prepared the traditional way (Saturday only; while supplies last). This one-of-a-kind event was featured in a PBS documentary, Muskrat Lovely
. Adults $7, children ages 3-12, $3. South Dorchester Pre-K-8 School, 3485 Golden Hill Road, Church Creek, Maryland—about 20 miles southwest of Cambridge. More info at NationalOutdoorShow.org
(Photo of Miss Outdoors by Preston Keres, Washington Post.)
Make a weekend out of it with the Crawfish Boil & Muskrat Stew Fest on Sunday, Feb. 25 with live Cajun blues music, traditional Louisiana and Eastern Shore food items, the Muskrat Leg Eating Contest, and more. 300 block of High Street, Cambridge.