24th Annual Bernie Fowler Wade-in at Jefferson Patterson Park Set for Sunday

ST. LEONARD, Md. (June 10, 2011)—The 24th annual Bernie Fowler Patuxent River Wade-In event will be held this Sunday, June 12, at Jefferson Patterson Park in St. Leonard. The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. and the wade-in will commence at 2 p.m. Organizers call the event "an enduring symbol of the need for impassioned stewardship of Maryland's water resources."

As a young man in the 1950s, Bernie Fowler stood chest-deep in the Patuxent and was able to see his feet on the river bottom while netting blue crabs. Senator Fowler held the first Patuxent "wade-in" in 1988 to assess whether he could still see his feet while wading into the river. His white sneakers disappeared from view in a disappointing 10 inches of water.

The senator, who served in the Maryland State Senate from 1983-1994 after having been a Calvert County Commissioner from 1970-1982, last year was joined by more than 100 attendees at the 23rd annual version of the event. His sneakers were visible last year until he reached a depth of 34.5 inches.

The public is invited to participate in the event. The Park is located at the end of Mackall Road in St. Leonard, Calvert County.


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Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, State Museum of Archaeology

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