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ODCCA Celebrates its 40th in Strongsville

Above: Pat Godin swept the open level for IWCA-style decoys.

The Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association celebrated its 40th annual show in its usual grand style on March 11-12, 2017, with a weekend devoted to all things decoy—with a slew of fish and other wildfowl carvings to add flavor. The setting, once again, was the Holiday Inn in Strongsville, Ohio. The show took over the hotel’s ballroom, which filled with vendors, competitors, and spectators. The show also commandeered the hotel pool on Sunday and filled it with decoys. On Friday morning, Master Carver Tom Christie presented a seminar on feather layout and painting. The Ky Kraus Memorial auction took place on Saturday night, and in-room selling took place throughout the hotel over the entire weekend. In addition, there were carving and painting contests throughout the weekend, and Willie McDonald of the Duck Blind conducted demonstrations in the ballroom.

Of course, Wildfowl Carving Magazine was present, with editor Tom Huntington offering two tables full of back issues, copies of Competition 2016, and a variety of books. Photographer Bruce Richert was on hand to shoot the winning entries. His photos will appear in Competition 2017 next year.

Here’s a list of winners provided by the ODCCA. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this one of the best carving shows around!


IWCA Floating Decorative Decoy
Best of Show: Anthony Donato, Shoveler
2nd Best of Show: Pat Godin, Wigeon

Wildfowler (Pool)
Best of Show: Ken Stuparyk, Goldeneye
2nd Best of Show: Gary Hanson, Wigeon 
3rd Best of Show: George Keller, Hooded Merganser

Shooting Stool 
Best of Show: Gary Hanson, Goldeneye
2nd Best of Show: Luke Costilow, Mallard and Gadwall
3rd Best of Show: Aaron Condon, Eiders

Ladies’ Day in the Pool
Glenn Sweet, Wood Duck Hen

Best-Hooded Merganser
George Keller

It Ain’t Vintage Yet
Best of Show: Ken Hussey, Canada Goose
2nd Best of Show: Ken Hussey, Eider
3rd Best of Show Scott Green, Goldeneye

Best of Show Youth Level
Skylar Stiff
Second Best of Show: Kylee Mannering

Dove Decoy
Best of Show: Andy Chlupsa
2nd Best of Show: Brad Falkinburg
3rd Best of Show: Ken Yacavone

Working Shorebird
Best of Show: Bruce DiVaccaro, Oyster Catcher
2nd Best of Show: Gary Joe Bryan, Curlew
3rd Best of Show: Garret Secord, Killdeer

Rest of the Marsh
Best of Show: Al Jordan, Barred Owl
2nd Best of Show: Al Jordan, Pygmy Owl
3rd Best of Show: Al Jordan, Magpie
Best of Show: Ted Fisher, Barred Owl
2nd Best of Show: Mitch Myers, Eagle
3rd Best of Show: Mitch Myers, Buzzard 
Best of Show: Ken Harvey, Raven
2nd Best of Show: Ron Skaggs, Gadwall
3rd Best of Show: Paul Bartlett, Blue Jay

Rest of the Marsh, Miniatures
Best of Show: Gary McNeely, Belted Kingfisher
2nd Best of Show: Gary McNeely, Javan Kingfisher
3rd Best of Show: Sandy Czajka, Pheasant
Best of Show: Neal Self, Eagle
2nd Best of Show: Sandy Wilkins, Road Runner

Shorebird Carve and Paint (Female Red Phalarope)
Best of Show: Brad Falkinburg,
2nd Best of Show: Andy Chlupsa
3rd Best of Show: Garrett Secord

Cocktail Bird
Best of Show: Gary Doviak, Pintail
2nd Best of Show: Jim Denison, Bufflehead
3rd Best of Show: Brad Falkinburg, Hanging Turkey 

Bluebill Painting
Best of Show: Gary Hanson
2nd Best of Show: Jim Brace
3rd Best of Show David Harris

Junior Bluebill Painting
Best of Show Abby Clark

Collectors Decoys
Best of Show: Robert Ellison Mallard, Tom Whitlock
2nd Best of Show: John Blair Pintail, Tom Whitlock 
3rd Best of Show: Fredd Homme Canvasback, Tom Whitlock


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