Events & Gatherings




William Rush Woodcarving and Wildlife Art Show, November 15-16, 2014

Lima—Penn State Brandywine Campus. Hours: Set-up Fri 7–9, Sat 7:30–9:30; open to the public Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. Fees: $4 admission adults, children under 12 free with adult; $40 per table carver/artist, $50 per vendor. Proceeds to benefit Penn State Scholarship Fund. Carving competition for exhibitors, club members, and vendors. Advanced, intermediate, and novice levels. Carving Categories: songbirds, shorebirds and seabirds, waterfowl, birds of prey and game birds, others. Demonstrations hourly; vendors with books and carving supplies. Contact: Al Bailey, (610) 675-7069.

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41st annual Woodcarving & Wildlife Festival and Competition, March 21-22, 2015

Millersville—Millersville University Student Fitness Center, Shenks Rd. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. Fees: $5 donation, children under 15 free with adult. This year's theme will be Freedom Is Not Free. Competition, door prizes, books, tools, carving supplies, and free demonstrations. For more information:



Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo, October 11, 2104

Salisbury—Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 S. Schumaker Dr. Free admission. Hours: 8–4. Buy/sell/trade collectibles, free decoy appraisals, antique decoy competition, carving demos, guided nature and birding walks, vendors, more. For more information:




Kawartha Carving Competition, September 13, 2014

Bobcaygeon—Bobcaygeon Curling Club, Mansfield St. Hours: Registration Fri 2–7 p.m., Sat 8–9:30 a.m.; judging in mid-morning Sat; closes at 5 p.m. Fees: $10 first entry, $5 each additional. Beginner, novice, intermediate, and open classes. $500 purchase award for the best carving of a life-sized male eastern meadowlark. Contact: Doug Hodgins, (705) 738-4600,;

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Art of the Carver Show and Competiton, October 18-19, 2014

Kingsville—Lakeside Pavilion, 315 Queen St and Lake Erie. At Kingsville’s Migration Festival. Decoy category, ribbons, demonstrations, vendors. CONTACT: Registration form on the website, or call (519) 776-7056.

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Niagara Woodcarvers Association 36th Annual Show and Competition, March 28-29, 2015

Niagara Falls—Heatland Forst, 8215 Heartland Forest Rd. (Formerly Kalar Rd.) Hours: Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5. Admission: $3.00, children 12 and under free with adult. Novice, intermediate, and open classes. Contact: Marion D'Amboise, (905) 354-8854,,




Calusa Wood Carvers Show and Sale, February 28-March 1, 2015

Hudson—Veterans Memorial Park, 14330 Hicks Rd. Hours: Sat 10–4, Sun 10–3. Vendors, free demos, refreshments available. $3 donation gives you a great day with carvers and the right to vote in the People’s Choice division. Contact: David Gourley, (727) 376-2180,

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Highlands Woodcarvers Artistry in Wood Show, February 14, 2015

Sebeing—Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center, 4905 George Blvd. Hours: 10:00-4:00. Donation: $3. Competition and sale; carving demonstrations, vendors, and door prizes. Contact: Eric Maron, (863) 273-6136.



Louisiana Wildfowl Festival, October 4-6, 2014

Mandeville—The Castine Center in Pelican Park. Sponsored by the Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers and Cellectors Guild. Contact: Richard Reeves, (985) 892-2215;

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Core Sound Decoy Festival, December 6-7, 2014

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Core Sound Decoy Festival, December 6-7, 2014

Dec 6-7—Harkers Island—Harkers Island Elementary School,1163 Island Rd. Hours: Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4. Admission: $8.00 daily, children under 12 free; children under 18 free on Sun. Sponsored by the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild. Antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, children’s decoy painting, duck calling competitions, head whittling contest, live decoy auction. Competitions include IWCA working decoy, IWCA gunning shorebird, canvas decoy, root head, the Duplin County Ducks Unlimited competition, youth divisions including the 2014 Young Guns Championship! Vendors and food. Contact:, or find us on Facebook.


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Rappahannock Decoy Carvers Guild Show, March 21, 2015

White Stone. Hours: 8–5. New classes, new rules. Competition Categories: IWCA Canvas Decoy Championship, Rappahannock gunning decoys, Chesapeake working decoys, Windmill Point-style decoys, buoy decoys (silhouette head only), foam/buoy decoys, youth, bench, contemporary antiques, working and decorative shorebirds. $10 first entry, $5 each additional, $50 maximum; no charge for youth. Grand Champion award. Contact: Heck Rice, (804) 537-5033,




Wisconsin River Woodcarvers Woodcarving Show, Competition and Sale, Sept. 20-21, 2014

Stevens Point—Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Ave. Hours: Sat 9–5, Sun 9–4. Fees: $3 admission, under 12 free. Largest woodcarving show in Wisconsin. Featured carver: Ron O’Kray. Shops on site include: The Woodcraft Shop of Larry and Carol Yudis, Krantz Wood Sales, and Moore Roughouts. Demos both days. Contact: Ron O’Kray, (715) 341-2214, (715) 570-2534; or Greg Wirtz, (715) 423-0471, (715) 323-2035.

Birds in Art, September 6-November 30, 2014

Wausau—Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, 700 N 12th St. Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri, 9–4; Thurs 9–7:30; Sat and Sun, 12–5; closed Mondays and holidays. Free admission. Contact: Amy Beck, (715) 845-7010,;



Wonders in Wood Show and Sell, October 25-26, 2014

Evansville—National Guard Armory, 3300 Division. Hours: Sat 9–5, Sun 10–4. $3 admission, children 12 and under free. Amateur, intermediate, and open levels in 14 categories. Special event: “Carvings for Charity” to benefit Easter Seals. Contact: Jack Winkleman, 7601 Hwy 66, Wadesville, IN 47638, (812) 499-3516,;



Sauder Village Woodcarver's Show and Sale, October 26-27, 2013

Archbold—Sauder Village. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 11–4. $15 admission adults, $8 students (show only). Special Guest Rick Jensen. Contact: Sauder Village, 22611 State Rte. 2, PO Box 235, Archbold, OH 43502, (800) 590-9755;

Maumee Bay Carvers Decoy Show, September 20, 2014

Oak Harbor—ODNR Magee Wildlife Area, 13229 WSR2. Working class decoys, Lake Erie 3-Bird Rig, Lake Erie Singles, novice class, shooting stool, gunning shorebirds, and other contests. Contact: Bob Lund, (419) 874-3671,;

Sauder Village Woodcarver's Show and Sale, October 25-26, 2014

Archbold—Sauder Village. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 11–4. $15 admission adults, $8 students (show only). Contact: Sauder Village, (800) 590-9755;

Cincinnati Carvers Guild Woodcarving Show and Sale, October 11-12, 2014

Woodlawn—Woodlawn Community Center/Ohio National Guard Facility, 10050 Woodlawn Blvd. Hours: Sat 10-5, Sun 11-4. Admission: $5, free to armed forces personnel and children 12 and under. Nine competition categories and best of show awards. Exhibitors, vendors. Contact: Lou Cassaro, (513) 478-0812,


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North Suburban Carvers Artistry in Wood Show and Competition, October 18-19, 2014

Villa Park—The Odeum Expo Center, 1033 N Villa Ave. Hours: Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Free parking. Admission $5; under 12 and uniformed scouts free. Many of the Midwest’s best woodcarvers; 38 competition categories including 4 for birds: waterfowl, game birds, song birds, and group birds. Contact: Judy Kavathas, (773)775-8993;;



Kaw Valley Woodcarvers Show, Sale, and Competition, November 22-23, 2014

Topeka—Ramada West Convention Center, 6th and Fairlawn. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 11–4. $3 admission. Contact: Darrel Kellerman, (785) 817-4570,;



Artistry in Wood, October 18-19, 2014

Oklahoma City—State Fairgrounds, Hobbies, Arts and Crafts Building, 3100 General Pershing Blvd. Hours: Sat 9–5, Sun 10–4. $5 admission. Competition in 51 categories, plus whittling contest and soap carving. Contact: Richard Dalke,;




Central Coast Woodcarvers, September 20-21, 2014

Cayucos—Cayucos Vet’s Hall, 10 Cayucos Dr. at the foot of the pier. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. $2 admission donation, under 12 free. Local and statewide carvers will display and sell their art. Demos, competitions, raffle for carvings; tools and carvings will be available for sale. Contact: Ed Zirbel, (805) 927-3951,; or George Newell, (805) 542-0923,



Northern Colorado Wood Carvers Annual Show and Sale, November 22-23, 2014

Loveland—The Ranch at the Thomas McKee Building, Exhibition Hall A, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Center, 5280 Area Circle, Suite 100. Hours: Sat 11–5, Sun 10–4. Free admission. Contact: Angela Callow-Mosher, (970) 669-8636,


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Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show and Sale, January 16-17, 2015

San Juan—Cielo Ballroom, 1101 E. FM 495. Hours: 10-4. Fees: $3, 2 for $5 admission. Contact: Fred Stenman,, (651) 485-0580,


Rally on the Rio Woodcarving Seminar, January 19-24, 2014

San Juan—Cielo Ballroom, 1101 E. FM 495. Featuring 24 nationally known instructors. Classes Sat-Sun 8-4:30. Contact: Fred Stenman,, (651) 485-0580, For registration contact Jim Crawford, or register on the web page.



An Art of Deception, June 21 to September 13, 2014

Spokane— the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University. An exhibition featuring the work of decoy carver Frank Werner. Hours: Mon-Sat, 10-4. No admission. Contact: Karen Kaiser,,


Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show, September 13-14, 2014

Vancouver—Water Resources Education Center. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. Free admission. Northwest Championship; first decorative carving competition through digital entries; miniature decoy trade: redhead drake; second foamer competition for working decoys; Washington State Federal Junior Duck Stamp exhibit. Contact: Don Baiar, (360) 892-6738,; or Byrn and JoAnne Watson, (360) 736-1082,

Spokane Carvers Association Artistry in Wood, September 27-28, 2014

Spokane—gymnasium on the Salvation Army Campus, 222 E Indiana. Hours: Sat 9–5, Sun 12–4. $5 admission; children under 12 free when accompanied by an adult. Raffle (over 100 items last year), featured artist, carving demos and advice. Vendors present with carvings, tools, wood, and supplies for sale. Contact: Tim, (509) 244-3467,



23rd Annual Coastal Carvers Artistry in Wood Show, January 17-18, 2015

Lincoln City—Chinook Winds Casino and Convention Center, 1777 NW 44th St.Hours: Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4. Theme: Birds “R” Us. Guest Artist: Larry Martin, bird carver from Gig Harbor, Washington. CONTACT: Kathy Jensen, (503) 856-4158,



Idaho Artistry in Wood Show, February 21-22, 2015

Boise—The Boise Hotel and Conference Center, 3300 Vista Ave. Hours: Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4. Skill levels from novice-expert. Carving, turning, scroll work, find woodworking, gourd art, pyography. Demonstrations, vendors, raffles, auction, and banquet. CONTACT: Marlies Schmitt, (208) 466-4899,