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  • E-News U. Contributor 12:04 pm on September 11, 2013 Permalink |
    Tags: Bay Days, dock dogs,   

    By Evan Winston

    The 31st annual Hampton Bay Days Festival was held in downtown Hampton, Va. the weekend of Sept. 7 and 8. While the crowds enjoyed the live bands and food vendors, an event the seemed to draw much attention was the “Tidewater Dock Dogs.”

    In this event, dogs and their owners stepped up on a platform that simulated a dock, and in front of the dock was a pool of water that stretched approximately 30 feet.

    The owners – with doggy toy/bone in hand – then kept his/her dog at bay, at the beginning of the runway, while walking toward the edge of it. Then the owners commanded their dogs to sprint towards the pool and fetch the object that they threw towards the pool.

    While seeing canines catch objects in mid-air may be an awesome sight, the object of the event is to see how far the dog can jump.

    According to Ashley Rogers, president of Tidewater Dock Dogs, over 220 dogs participated in the event, with 183 pre-registering. “This is an exciting event,” Rogers said. There’s nothing like good old-fashioned time with your dog.”

    Dock Dogs is an organization that has functioned on for 15 years. What once was just a leisure time hobby between man and man’s best friend has turned into a national and even world phenomenon.

    According to Tidewater Dock Dogs website, competitions such as the Hampton event are held in approximately 135 cities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

    The competition held at Bay Days was a three-year tradition, meaning the participants that compete have jumped last year, this year, and will do it next year for the ultimate prize of $1,000 and a silver championship cup.

    One of the participants vying for that prize is Megan Oberman and her dogs “Strappy” and “Dutchess.” “Strappy” did not compete this year but received honors last year as “most consistent dog.” Oberman said that the competition hasn’t just brought awards to her household. “My husband and I have friends that are doing it,” she said “and we’ve met many friends through the competition.”

    The event attracted a big crowd, with the majority of the spectators being young children such as sisters Kassidy, and Emilee. “We love it when the dogs jump in the water,” they said. “We ended up getting wet.”

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    Video by Kathryn Kenny

     
  • E-News U. Contributor 4:02 pm on September 20, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: Bay Days, Chesapeake Bay, ,   

    Hampton’s bustle at the bay 

    By Kendall Alexander

    Masses of people came out over the Sept. 9-11 weekend to enjoy the 29th annual Bay Days festival in Hampton. Just over the bridge from Hampton University, the annual celebration was going on in full swing, attracting hordes of fun-loving festival goers.

    An estimated 200,000 people came out to celebrate the Chesapeake Bay, according to baydays.com. Bay Days is a three-day free event that occurred from Friday to Sunday. There was plenty of entertainment for everyone from the first-ever mouth-watering and finger-licking BBQ Challenge, a Teen Zone section and Bay Education and Children’s area.

    And for music lovers, national recording Marshall Tucker Band and the Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards performed on the City Hall stage.

    Don Butcher of the Bay Days Inc. Entertainment Department said, “We’re very excited for [Bay Days] this year. We’re always looking to improve our program, and there’s much more for everyone who participates. I’m looking forward to the crowds coming out to see what’s new.”

    Soulful sounds from the Temptations Review featuring Edwards were crowd pleasers. Their bright multicolored suits lit up the muggy Virginia night, accompanied by funky svelte voices of the group. There wasn’t a behind in a chair during the set because everyone stood up and was singing along with the classics.

    With mastered choreography and a live band, the Temptations Review was in every way reminiscent of the original group that stayed on record players all across the country.

    Baydays.com reported that with over 30 food and 75 merchandise and craft vendors, the festival brings in $5 million to the local economy with 60 percent of the take coming from outside the region over a three-day period.

    Sandwiched into the festival was the much anticipated pyrotechnics display taking place on Saturday night.

    Preshia Washington, a Hampton University sophomore psychology major from California said, “The fireworks are always the best part. It’s the longest fireworks show I’ve ever seen; there were big, loud and my view from the bridge was perfect. They really were the best ones I’ve seen in my whole life.”

    The writer is a sophomore at Hampton University.

     
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