Wilson manages Oasis Sanctuary, a duck hunting club near Salton Sea.
He said he only saw one other sportsman at the festival.
But the festival was well attended by local residents, permanent and seasonal "snowbirds."
"This is our one big thing for the year," Chamber of Commerce president Donna Dearmore said. Dearmore is the festival organizer.
The festival brings people from all over the county, she said.
The festival includes amusements, food, craft vendors and contests such as the "whiskerino" and "knobby knees" contests, both at noon today.
Men are judged on their facial hair for the whiskerino contest. The knobby knees contest is open to women and men.
"Whoever has the ugliest knees wins," Hobbs said.
Winners are chosen according to crowd response, she said. Both contests have a first-, second- and third-place finishers.
Saturday's festivities included a parade through downtown Niland.
The theme of the 62nd annual parade, "We Shall Overcome," was evident by anti-Osama bin Laden posters carried by some parade entrants.
The parade's overall sweepstakes winner was Deputy Do-Right from the Imperial County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Do-right is a radio-controlled German shepherd robot that drives a small patrol car, talks with and sometimes squirts water at bystanders.
"I still hold a grudge against the dog because he got me wet, but he's so cute," Niland resident Kayla Cook said.
The 17-year-old Cook, along with 24-year-old Andy Sanchez of Niland, and seasonal Slab City resident Art Marston, 74, judged the parade.
The festival continues until 10 tonight at the Niland Chamber of Commerce on Highway 111.
Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or email@example.com.