Folks flock to Washington for wildlife festival

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WITN) - Folks flocked to a local arts festival Saturday to celebrate wildlife in a unique way.

Duck decoys were put to the test as part of the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival in Washington.

Some craftsmen showed off the hand-carved decoys to potential buyers while others used them to compete.

The festival has been going on for 23 years with about 800 people attending this year, Event Coordinator Virginia Finnerty said.

The event is part of the city's focus on art, and helps bring customers to local businesses.

"It brings business in a time that's very slow in February," Finnerty said. "You know everybody's kind of indoors, not traveling much so it gives a little boost to the economy."

Money from ticket sales will go towards putting on next year's festival which is slated for February 2020.