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



Maine Wood Carvers Association Show and Competition, August 17, 2014


Lewiston—Lewiston Memorial Armory (new venue!), 65 Central Ave. Seminars on Saturday, Aug 16. For more information:

Downeast Wood Carving and Wildlife Art Show and Competition, August 17, 2014


Lewiston—Lewiston Memorial Armory, 65 Central Ave. Hours: 9­–4. $4 admission; under 14 free. Competition, vendors, demos, more. Contact:



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:



John LaForest Bird Carving Competition, August 23, 2014


Marshfield—Marshfield Fair. Novice, Intermediate, and Open classes. Theme: Birds of Massachusetts; only birds listed in the Massachusetts Audubon Daily Field Card are eligible. Life-size realistic decorative, miniature realistic decorative, and decoy/stickups categories. Contact: Kevin Dunn,; or Tim Hogan,




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


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 Competion


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,,




Treasure Coast Woodcarvers

Port St. Lucie. Contact:


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 18th annual Artistry in Wood Show

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;

North Carolina


North Carolina Ducks Unlimited Decoy of the Year Championship, August 16, 2014


Kitty Hawk—North Carolina State Convention. This year’s competition is for a single pintail drake, carved to IWCA Working Decoy rules. Judging will take place in conjunction with the banquet reception on Saturday night at the Hilton Garden Inn. The first place best of show decoy will be sold at the live auction that night. For more information:

Core Sound Decoy Festival, December 6-7, 2014

Harkers Island. For more information:

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Rappahannock Decoy Carvers Guild Show


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.

Lake Country Carvers Show, August 2, 2014


Oconomowoc—Life Enrichment Center, 1306 West Wisconsin Ave. Contact: (920) 474-4075,

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


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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Cincinnati Carvers Guild Woodcarving Show and Sale


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


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;;



Carv-Fest, August 7-9, 2014

Faribault—Ice Arena. Free admission, $50 each for classes. No competition. Over 50 carving workshops from top names. Contact: Chris, (507) 339-0336;



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 22nd Annual Show and Sale

Free admission. Hours: Sat 11-5, Sun 10-4. Contact: Angela Callow-Mosher, (970) 669-8636,


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Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show and Sale


Hours: 10-4. Fees: $3, 2 for $5 admission. Contact: Fred Stenman,, (651) 485-0580,


Rally on the Rio Woodcarving Seminar


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 Coast Carvers Artistry in Wood Show


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

Hours: Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4. Competitors from all skill levels, novice-expert, will submit their wood carving, turning, scroll work, fine wood working, gourd art and pyrography entries for public display and judging. The show will feature demonstrations, vendors, raffles, an auction and banquet as well as the opportunity for artists to sell their work. The Idaho show is one of the largest of its kind in the Western United States. CONTACT: Marlies Schmitt, (208) 466-4899,