Events & Gatherings
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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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: www.Lancarvers.com.
Lewiston—Lewiston Memorial Armory, 65 Central Ave. Hours: 9–4. $4 admission; under 14 free. Competition, vendors, demos, more. Contact: http://mainewoodcarvers.org/shows-and-competitions.html.
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: www.wardmuseum.org.
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, email@example.com; or Tim Hogan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com; www.kawarthacarvingcompetition.org.
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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, Dave43@tampabay.rr.com.
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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.
Mandeville—The Castine Center in Pelican Park. Sponsored by the Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers and Cellectors Guild. Contact: Richard Reeves, (985) 892-2215; www.lwccg.org.
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: http://www.ncducks.org/2014-state-convention/.
Harkers Island. For more information: www.decoyguild.com.
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: www.decoyguild.com, or find us on Facebook.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Oconomowoc—Life Enrichment Center, 1306 West Wisconsin Ave. Contact: (920) 474-4075, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.tristatecarvers.com.
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; www.saudervillage.org.
Archbold—Sauder Village. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 11–4. $15 admission adults, $8 students (show only). Contact: Sauder Village, (800) 590-9755; www.saudervillage.org.
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, email@example.com.
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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; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.northsuburbancarvers.org.
Faribault—Ice Arena. Free admission, $50 each for classes. No competition. Over 50 carving workshops from top names. Contact: Chris, (507) 339-0336; www.carvfest.com.
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, email@example.com; or George Newell, (805) 542-0923, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loveland—The Ranch at the Thomas McKee Building, Exhibition Hall A, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Center, 5280Area Circle, Suite 100. Hours: Sat 11–5, Sun 10–4. Free admission. Contact: Angela Callow-Mosher, (970) 669-8636, email@example.com.
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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, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Byrn and JoAnne Watson, (360) 736-1082, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. http://idahoartistryinwood.org.