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.
Belfast—The Boathouse on Front St. Hours: Sat 9–5, Sun 9–4. The public is invited to attend at no charge. Entries into the competition are taken on Friday, July 11, from 12–6:30 p.m. and Sat 7–9 a.m. All types of carving welcomed. Artwork must be of Maine wildlife or Maine Coastal Scenery. Levels: youth, novice, intermediate, open, and masters. Sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Carvers and Artists Association. Contact: Ellen, firstname.lastname@example.org, (207) 338-5309; or Karen, email@example.com, (207) 789-5363.
Lewiston—Lewiston Memorial Armory (new venue!), 65 Central Ave. Seminars on Saturday, Aug 16. For more information: www.mainewoodcarvers.org.
Ocean City—Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Hours: Fri 10–5, Sat 9–5, Sun 10–4. Award Ceremony Sat at 5:30 p.m. Admission: $18 3-day pass, $10 multi-day pass, $8 seniors and students, children under 12 free with adult. From highly decorative works of art to functional hunting decoys, more than 1,200 different wildfowl carvings representing more than 150 species from around the world can be viewed at the premiere, most prestigious competition in the world. Competitors of all levels—from youth to world champions—compete against their peers for the chance to win a portion of nearly $60,000 in prize money, as well as other recognition including ribbons, medallions, plaques, and trophies. Contact: Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 S. Schumaker Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804, (410) 742-4988, firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
Cole Harbour (Dartmouth)—Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Dr. Judging starts May 10 at 10 a.m. Free admission. Judges: Wilson and Margaret Crowell. Ongoing demos, carvers table, KV Carving Supplies. For more information: http://nswcaa.ednet.ns.ca/nswcaa.html.
Cole Harbour—Cole Harbour Place. Contact: Wendy Stonehouse, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sherwood Park—Sherwood Park Community League Log Cabin, 50 Spruce Ave. Registrations accepted Fri 5–8 p.m.; late and out of town entries accepted Sat 8–10 a.m. Fees: $8 per entry. Open, intermediate, and novice levels in decorative life-size non-floating, decorative miniatures, hunting decoys service class, songbirds, and many others. Prizes: rosettes, ribbons, cash. Purchase awards. Contact:
Chincoteague Island—Chincoteague Combined School, 4586 Main St. Hours: Fri 12–6, Sat 9–5. Auction Sat at 7:30 p.m. Fees: $4 per day, children under 12 free. Local and national carvers and artists exhibit their work. Awards are given in various carving categories, art, and photography. Special awards for best carving display and best art display. Children’s Choice Award, Curtis Merritt Award of Excellence. Silent Auction of hand carved and/or painted wooden Easter eggs. Contact: Suzanne Taylor, (757) 336-6161, email@example.com; www.chincoteaguedecoyshow.com.
Port St. Lucie. Contact: www.treasurecoastwoodcarvers.com.
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.
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/.
New London—Crystal Falls Banquet Hall, 1500 Handschke Dr. Hours: 10–4. $3 admission, under 12 free. Carving demos hourly. Features 60+ carvers with exhibits and sale items. Chainsaw carver demos outside, weather permitting. Wood, tool, and book vendors on site. Food and beverages available. Contact: Jayne Neuenfeldt, (920) 982-5582, 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.
Maquoketa—Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1212 E Quarry St. The longest running competitively judged woodcarving event in the U.S. Mail-ins accepted. Contact: Larry Yudis, (563) 676-8264; www.awcltd.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.
Sacramento—Double Tree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way. Open, intermediate, and novice levels. Mail-ins welcome. Carving Categories: decorative floating, CWA Carver of the Year, PFDA traditional hunting (floating pairs), IWCA style decoy, gunning shorebirds, and many others. Junior Carver event. Live painting and carving contests, Friday afternoon seminar, Friday night reception, Saturday night banquet and auction. Decoy collectors, appraisals, sales, and trades. Contact: Fritz Zanker, (530) 894-5951; Bob Solari, (925) 487-2013; Maurie Hicks, (541) 899-8239; or www.pacificflyway.org.
Colorado Springs—Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 South 33rd St. Hours: Sat 10–5, Sun 10–4. $3 admission adults, $2 military and children, children under 12 free with paid adult admission. Contact: John Armstrong, (719) 590-8694, email@example.com.
Creede—Underground Mining Museum, Community Center, and Firehouse. Learn to carve or improve your carving skills; 25 carving instructors and 10 non-carving instructors will teach over 100 classes during the 7 days. There is something for everyone, beginner to advanced. Tool and wood vendors, artist displays and sales, whittling contest, auction, banquet, and more. Contact: Diana Smith, (623) 584-3541, firstname.lastname@example.org; or www.creedewoodcarvers.com.
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, email@example.com; or Byrn and JoAnne Watson, (360) 736-1082, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
Spokane Valley—Spokane KOA, N 3025 Barker Rd. Both Friday and Saturday start with registration at 8 a.m. followed by sign-up for classes at 8:30. The morning classes run from 9 a.m. to noon; the afternoon classes run from 1–4. The only cost to the carver is the nominal cost of the wood, usually under $5 per class. The event is open to all carvers from beginning to expert, including those interested in becoming carvers. Each class will have an experienced instructor providing the class members with individual guidance. Past classes have included chip carving, reliefs, animals and humans in the round, and more. Vendors will be on hand with wood, tools, and carving books for sale. Contact: Roger, (509) 467-3342, firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Helen’s—Columbia County Fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Rd. Hours: Fri 12–5, Sat 9–5, Sun 9–12. $10 admission, $2-off coupon at OWF website. IWCA-sanctioned Decoy Contest, Oregon Decoy Carver of the Year $1,000 Purchase Award, Waterfowl Head Trade Contest, State Duck and Goose Calling Championships, Boat Blind Contest, vendors, Sat evening barbeque, and much more. Mail-ins welcome. The Oregon Waterfowl Festival is the largest event of its kind west of the Mississippi. Contact: Jerry Harris, email@example.com, (503) 884-7905; www.oregonwaterfowlfestival.com.