Events, Gatherings, and Wood Carving Shows 2019

Join the wildfowl carving community by exploring its many different gatherings across the nation, from wildfowl carving competition to wood carving shows 2018. Visit this page to learn about the best events of the year happening in your area: big sales, waterfowl shows 2018 and decoy shows 2018. Updated regularly, this collection of events keeps you posted on all upcoming wildfowl carving extravaganzas, organized by state so that you can know what’s nearby—or so you can plan a trip to visit. All the information is here in one spot—from addresses to dates to prices—which lets you focus on the truly important task of enjoying the great carvings you are sure to see. Plus, if you are planning an event or gathering of your own, let Wildfowl Carving Magazine know. We will include it here so the rest of the carving community can come and share in the festivities of their favorite craft.








British Columbia




Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championship
Mar 20
22, 2020. Manulife Financial Sportsplex, RIM Park, 2001 University Ave E., Waterloo. Deadline for pre-registration: by mail, Mar 9; by email, Mar 16. On-site registration Fri 9a–8p; out-of-towners, Sat 7:30a–9:30a. Show hours: Fri 12–5p, Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. More than 200 bird carvings on view at five levels. Competition in a large number of divisions; educational seminars. Contact: 519.634.8070; info@canadiannationals.net; www.canadiannationals.net

Kawartha Carving Competition & Show, “Artistic Expressions in Wood”
Sept 14, 2019.
Bobcaygeon Curling Club, Mansfield Street Fairgrounds, Bobcaygeon. Hours: 8:30a–4:30p. Registration Fri 2p–5p, Sat 8a–9:30a. Some 17 carving categories; 4 competition classes—beginner to open. Purchase awards. Demonstrations by some vendors and clubs. Admission: $3, which includes a $2 door prize ticket; children under 12 free if accompanied by an adult. Contact: www.kawarthacarvingcompetition.org


New Brunswick

New Brunswick Wood Carving Competition and Sale
Aug 9–
11, 2019. Sir James Dunn Academy, St. Andrews by the Sea. Carvers at all levels. Classes for all types of woodcarving: decorative birds, fish and animals, decoys, caricatures, relief, chip, chainsaw and pyrography. Purchase awards: Any 60% loon and chick ($1500); 50% bald eagle ($1500); Santa ($300); saw-whet owl for the 2020 raffle ($300); youth carving ($150). Two theme competitions: any warbler and nature at night. Workshops, demonstrations, carving supplies, knife carving competition. Contact: Brian Dykeman, 506.450.9571, bmdykeman@gmail.com; www.nbcarving.ca


Competition and Show


Nova Scotia



Reflections of Nature Carving and Art Show and Competition
Oct 26–27, 2019.
Prairieland Park, Saskatoon. Hosted byThe Saskatchewan Wildlife Art Association. Registration Oct 25, noon–8p. Hours: Sat noon–5p, Sun 9a–4p. Admission: $5, children under 12 free. Gala Opening 7p Sat; tickets $25, advance purchase only Includes wine/cheese, live/silent auctions, feature artists’ presentation. Featured artists: Garry and Connie Rector. Workshops, live and silent auctions, demos, special events, vendors. Check website for competition guide. Contact: http://reflectionsart.ca; swaa1986@gmail.com







John LaForest Bird Carving Contest
Aug 24, 2019.
Marshfield Fair, Rt. 3A, Main St., Marshfield. Hours: Noon-5p, entries 11a-noon. 2019 bird category is Birds of Massachusetts (defined for this contest as only those listed on the Massachusetts Audubon Daily Field Guide). Open, intermediate, and novice classes in life-size, miniature, decoy stick-up, smoothie, and bench. $15 first entry open, $5 each additional; $10 first entry novice, intermediate, bench, $5 each additional. Fees include admission to the fair. $50 first prize open and best of show, $35 first intermediate, $25 first novice and bench. Rosette ribbons to first, second, third. Contact: Kevin Dunn 781.837.3786, kdunn603@verizon.net; Tom Hogan, 781.834.7725.

New England Woodcarvers Spirit of Wood Show
Oct 20, 2019.
Woburn Senior Center, 144 School St., Woburn. Hours: 10a–2:30p. Set-up Fri Oct 19 8a–3p; Sat 8a–9:30a. Carving competition, plus turning, scroll sawing, intarsia, woodburning, etc. Contact: Mark Earley, earleyj@hotmail.com




New Jersey



New York



Conewago Carvers Woodcarving and Art Show and Sale
Oct 26–27, 2019.
East Berlin Area Community Center, 405 N. Ave., East Berlin. Hours: 9a–4p. Admission: $4, 12 and under, veterans and active military free. Door prizes, demonstrations, carving contest. Featured artist: Linda Murphy. Contact: Kyle Gabel, 717.676.7612; info@conewagocarvers.com; www.conewagocarvers.com, or find us on Facebook


William Rush Wood Carving, Wildlife Art, and Craft Show and Sale
Nov 2–3, 2019.
Penn State Brandywine Campus, 25 Yearsley Rd., Media. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $5. Carvings, crafts, books, tools, supplies, hourly demonstrations. Featured carver: Maxine Ertnest. Contact: John Chacosky, 610.762.0030; johnchacosky@gmail.com; www.williamrushwoodcarvers.blogspot.com


Lancaster County Woodcarvers’ Woodcarving & Wildlife Art Festival
Mar 21–22, 2020.
Millersville University Student Memorial Center, Shenks Ln., Millersville. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $5, free with military i.d. or students. More than 30 exhibitors, competition, door prizes, silent auction, books, tools, carving supplies, hands-on carving lessons, free demonstrations. Guest carver: Mike Dieter. Contact: Pete Kovarovic, 717.392.4814, Woodchips624@comcast.net; www.lancarvers.com


Rhode Island

Audubon Society of Rhode Island Bird and Wildlife Carving Exposition
Nov 2–3, 2019.
Audubon Society of Rhode Island Nature Center and Aquarium, 1401 Hope St., Bristol. Hours: 10a–4p. Award-winning artisans from across the Northeast, plus vendors and demonstrations. New carvers invited. Contact: www.asri.org




North Alabama Woodcarvers Association Show and Competition
Nov 2–3, 2019.
Jaycee Community Building, 2180 Airport Rd. SW, Huntsville. Hours: Sat 9a–4p, Sun 10a–4p. Free Admission. 30+ competition categories, collectibles, fine arts, caricatures, holiday gifts, tool and supply vendors. Contact: Dan Pritchett, 256.337.9592; www.nawawoodcarvers.org




Florida Winter National Wood Art Expo and Competition
Jan 10–11, 2020.
Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center, 75 Taylor St., Punta Gorda. Hours: 9a–4p. One of the premier woodcarving shows in the country since 1986. Admission: $7 one day; $12 both. Hundreds of entries for competition, vendors of all kinds (wood, tools, blanks, dust equipment, art supplies and more), demonstrations, raffle, silent auction, artists’ displays and sales. Contact: Gary Johnston 716-628-7042, flwoodartexpo.com


Space Coast Wood Carvers Show
Jan 25, 2020.
Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Hours: 9a–3p. Admission: $3. Competition categories: waterfowl, bark, relief, caricatures, canes and walking sticks, open. Raffles, food, demonstrations, vendors. Contact: Tom Anstett, 407.325.5424, tomironsides54@yahoo.com


Highlands Woodcarvers Woodcarving Show
Feb 8, 2020.
Sebring Recreation Club, 333 Pomegranate Ave., Sebring. Hours: 10a–3p. Admission: $3. Carving competition, tool and wood vendors, food, door prizes. Contact: Robert Seybolt, 863.471.6077; highlandswoodcarvers.com


Louisiana Wildfowl Festival
Oct 5–6, 2019.
Castine Center, Pelican Park, Mandeville. Sponsored by the Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers and Collectors Guild. Hundreds of carvers from across the country compete for thousands in prizes. Comprehensive website with 2019 Program, Boy Scout information, competition rules book, entry forms and more. Contact: Gene Hebert, 985.790.9184; lwccg.com  



Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo
Oct 12, 2019.
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 South Schumaker Dr., Salisbury. Hours: 8a-4p. Free admission. Outdoor marketplace with more than 30 vendors; decoy identification and appraisals. Antique Decoy Competition and Contemporary Antique Competition. The Chesapeake Challenge: competition for contemporary carvers in floating, shorebird, and woodpecker decoy divisions; youth competition in all three divisions. Carving demonstrations and duck-head carving contest; children’s make-and-take projects and educational nature activities. Contact: www.wardmuseum.org


North Carolina

Core Sound Decoy Festival
Dec 7–8, 2019.
Harkers Island Elementary School, 1163 Island Rd., Harkers Island. Hours: Sat 9a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $8 daily, children under 12 free; Sunday (youth day), all under 18 free. A coastal tradition since 1988, includes antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, head whittling contest, decoy competitions, children’s activities, auctions, food, and vendors. Benefits the Core Sound Decoy Carver’s Guild and Harkers Island Elementary School. Contact: www.decoyguild.com or find the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild on Facebook



Chincoteague Decoy Carvers’ & Artists’ Association Decoy Show
Aug 31–Sep 1, 2019. Community Center 6155 Community Dr., Chincoteague. Local carvers and artists display their work. Sat 9a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Contact: Cinda Walls, 410.546.1635, or 410.726.4049


West Virginia

Oglebay Woodcarvers Guild Show and Sale
Aug 31–Sept 1, 2019. Oglebay Park, off I-70 on WV Rt 88, Wheeling. Free admission, free parking. Contact: Clark Adams, clark@unimaxsystems.com 




Idaho Artistry in Wood Show
Mar 21–22, 2020. JUMP Boise, 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise. Hours: Sat 9a–5 pm, Sun 10a–4 pm. Registration Mar 20 1-5 pm. Competitors from all skill levels. Woodcarving, woodturning, fine woodworking, pyrography, scrollwork, and gourd art. Raffles, vendors, silent auction. Contact: Doug Rose, 208.856.8856, roseboise@yahoo.com; or Rich Froehlich, 208.442.7167, cdmrichieboy@gmail.com;  www.idahoartistryinwood.net


Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show
Aug 31Sept 1, 2019. The Illinois Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Includes woodcarving, intarsia, woodturning, and pyrography. Nineteen competition categories with case and/or ribbons, plus vendors, drawings, and seminars.Contact: William Rice, 217.414.4790, Williamrice@sbcglobal.netwww.svwwoodcarvers.org


Midwest Woodcarvers Show

Nov 2–3, 2019. Belle-Clair Exposition Hall, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville. Hours: Sat 9a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $4, under 12 free. Contact: www.midwestwoodcarvers.com



Show and Sale





Kaw Valley Woodcarvers Show and Sale
Nov. 23–24, 2019.
Ramada Downtown, 420 SE 6th Ave., Topeka. Sat. 10a–5p, Sun 11a–4p. Admission: $4, 12 and under free. Contact: Katrina Meredith, kmeredith605@gmail.com, 785.249.4958.



Tri-City Carvers Wood Carving and Art Sale
Aug 24, 2019. Second Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 2665 Midland Rd., Saginaw. Hours: 10a–4p. Admission: $3. Featured carver, vendors, door prizes, carving competition, prize drawing every hour, carving art sale, chainsaw carver. Food and drinks available; free parking. Contact: Ed Hak, ehhak43@gmail.com

Fruit Belt Woodcarvers Show
Nov 2–3, 2019.
Cass County Fairgrounds, 590 North O’Keefe St., Cassopolis. Sale and competition, vendors, people’s choice award, door prizes. Contact: fruitbeltwoodcarvers.wordpress.com


Carv-Fest 2019
Aug 8-10, 2019. Ice Arena, Alexander Park, Fairbault. Some 48 woodcarving and craft workshops, on-site camping, carving auction, sales, wood and tool vendors, sharpening demos, beginner classes. Contact: chris@woodcarverswarehouse.com, 507.339.0336; www.carv-fest.com






West County Woodcarvers Show
Sept 14, 2019.
Salem in Ballwin UMC, 14825 Manchester Rd., Ballwin. Hours: 10a–5p. Free admission. Contact: Larry Keller, 636.227.4598;club.mail@wcwoodcarvers.org


Maumee Bay Carvers Decoy Show
Sept 8, 2019. Pearson Metropark 761 Lallendorf Rd., Oregon. Registration: 8a–10a, judging follows. All rules are on the website. Competition categories include working class/IWCA-style, Lake Erie singles, gunning shorebirds, and Lake Erie pairs (new category). Contact: Steve Secord, 419.385.6020; ssecord@att.net; www.maumeebaycarvers.com


Lorain County Woodcarvers Club Carving Show
Sept 20–22, 2019. Building #14, Lorain County Fairgrounds (west of St. Rte. 58 on St. Rte. 11), Wellington. Hours: Fri 8a–5p, Sat 8a–5p, Sun 9a–3p. Fee: $3; free parking. Carving supplies and wood vendors; LaGrange Steam Engine Show and huge flea market also on site. Contact: Suzanne Kristoff, 440.935.2256; zann550@gmail.com


Sauder Village Woodcarver’s Show and Sale
Oct 26–27, 2019.
Founder’s Hall at Sauder Village, 2201 State Rt. 2, Archbold. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 11a–4p. Skilled carvers showcasing handcrafted wildlife, fish, birds, caricatures, bowls, plaques, pens, and more. Vendors, demonstrations, and music. Featuring guest artist Floyd Rhadigan. Contact: www.saudervillage.org/woodcarvers

Cincinnati Carvers Guild Wood Carving Show and Competition
Nov 9–10, 2019. Clarion Hotel, Cincinnati North, 3855 Hauck Rd., Cincinnati. Hours:Sat 10a–5p, Sun, 11a–4p. Admission: $5; scouts in uniform and children under 12 with adult free. Contact: Rick Bissonnette,cincycarvers@gmail.org

Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Vintage Decoys and Wildlife Art Show and Sale
Mar 14-15, 2020. Strongsville Holiday Inn, 15471 Royalton Rd., Strongsville. Hours: Sat 9a–4p, Sun 9a–3p. Admission: $5, free to ODCCA members and children under 17. Over $11,000 in cash prizes, 22 carving and painting contests, including palm frond decorative and decoy, rest of the marsh and miniatures, cocktail bird, vintage decoy, IWCA-style decoy, IWCA-style shorebird, IWCA working decoy, IWCA decorative, fish decoy, jigging stick, and more. Flat art contest. Friday night kids’ paint, meet-greet and buy-sell. Saturday night auction, cocktail party. Wildfowlers single and rig pool contests, raffle. Painting seminars, supplies. Collector hunting and fishing memorabilia for sale in ballroom and room-to-room. Student entries free! Contact: Dwane Ong (vendors): dwaneodcca@gmail.com, 734.934.2548; Vince Ciola (general information), 937.935.0657, VinceCiola@gmail.com. Room reservations: 877.408.2913. See www.odcca.net or discount code and contest rules




Oklahoma City Woodcarvers Artistry in Wood Show and Sale
Oct 26–27, 2019. State Fair Park, Hobbies, Arts, and Crafts Bldg., 3001 General Pershing Blvd., Oklahoma City. Hours: Sat 9a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Woodcarving, woodturning, pyrography, intarsia, gourds, scrolling, and other wood art. Raffles and vendors. Contact: Richard Dalke, 405.255.6168, redalke@gmail.com, or okcarver.org 


Wisconsin Waterfowl Association Decoy Carving Competition and Exhibition
July 26–28, 2019.
Conservation Museum Room, Cabela’s of Richfield, I41 and US45, Richfield. Hours: Fri 9a–5p, Sat 9a–5p. Winners on display Sunday 11a. Admission: $5 donation, children free. Held in conjunction with the WWA State Duck and Goose Calling Championships on July 28. Featuring IWCA classes (hosting the IWCA “Style” Championship) and non-IWCA classes, with cash and ribbon awards, live carving and painting demonstrations, and exhibits. Contact: 262.968.1722; wwainfo@centurytel.net; www.wisducks.org


Lake Country Carving Show and Sale
Aug 3, 2019. Life Enrichment Center, 1306 West Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Hours: 10a–4p. Free admission. Local artists, carving demonstrations, vendors. Contact: Ray Burow, 920.474.4075; rburow1@wi.rr.com


Birds in Art Exhibition
Sept 7–Dec 1, 2019.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, 700 North 12th St. (Franklin & 12th), Wausau. Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has presented the best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter in two- and three-dimensional artworks in all media other than crafts and photography. Approximately 100 juried works. Contact: info@lywam.org; www.lywam.org


Rock River Valley Carvers of Wisconsin Show and Sale.
Sept 14, 2019.
 Craig Center at the Rock County Fairgrounds, 1301 Craig Ave., Janesville. Hours: 9a–4p. Free admission. Contact: Reggie James 608.295.0264; or Brad Crandall, 608.931.0188; www.rockrivervalleycarvers.com


Wood Carvers/Wood Turners Show and Sale
Oct 20, 2019.
Abundant Life Christian School, 4901 East Buckeye Rd., Madison. Hours: 9a–4p. Free admission. Co-sponsored by the Capital Area Carvers of Wisconsin and the Badger Woodturners. Decoys, wildfowl, songbirds, caricatures, fish, animals, chip carving, relief carving, Santas, western figures, woodburning, turned items, plus demonstrations, raffles, and vendors. Contact: Cindy Potthast, 608.712.2989 or cynthia.potthast@gmail.com; or Dave Hiller, 608.444.8695, dave@davehiller.com; badgerwoodturners.org or cacw.clubexpress.com




Desert Woodcarving Show and Sale
Feb 22–23, 2020.
Mesa Convention Center, 201 N. Center St., Mesa. Hours: Sat 9a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $10. Judged woodcarving show open to all levels. Vendors, sales. Contact: Herb Miller, herbmiller@cox.net; www.desertwoodcarvingshow.com


Central Coast Woodcarvers Annual Show
Sept 21–22, 2019.
Cambria Vet’s Hall, 1000 Main St., Cambria. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 1-a–4p. Admission: $2 donation; under 12 free. 24 local and statewide carvers will display and sell their art. Carving competitions 1p both days; raffle for carvings, silent auction for a featured carving. Contact: Dick Marshall, 805.395.0160, dmarshcambria@charter.net;  George Newell, 805.550.4389, gnewellpoly@hotmail.com

Orange County Woodcarving Show and Competition
October 19–20, 2019.
Laborers Local 652 Union Hall, 1532 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana. Hours: 9a–4p. Free admission and parking. Prizes, raffles, auctions, vendors, and chainsaw carving demonstration. Contact: Chuck Collins, 714.310.2331; www.OCWoodcarvers.net




Idaho Artistry in Wood Show
Mar 21–22, 2020. JUMP Boise, 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise. Hours: Sat 9a–5 pm, Sun 10a–4 pm. Registration Mar 20 1-5 pm. Woodcarving, woodturning, fine woodworking, pyrography, scrollwork, and gourd art. Raffles, vendors, silent auction. Contact: Doug Rose, 208.856.8856, www.idhoartitryinwood.net



Coastal Carvers 28th Annual Artistry in Wood Show
Jan 1819, 2020. Chinook Winds Convention Center, 1777 NW 44th St., Lincoln City. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Free Admission, free workshops for kids and adults, raffle, Saturday evening banquet and auction. Guest artist: Everett Koontz. Theme: Oregon Animals. Contact: Kathy Jensen , 503.856.4158, jensenka17@yahoo.com



Coastal Bend Wood Carvers Show and School
Feb 1–2, 2020.
Aransas Pass Civic Center, 700 W. Wheeler Ave. Aransas Pass. Hours: Sat 10a–6p. Sun 10a–3p. Admission: $5 donation for adults; children free. Open, intermediate, novice, and junior categories. Classes February 3–7 featuring nine well known teachers. Contact: Thomas Kreyling, kreyling@swbell.net, 314.623,0208, www.texascarvers.org




Spokane Carvers Artistry in Wood
Sept 28–29, 2019
. Salvation Army Center, 222 E Indiana, Spokane. Registration Fri 3:30p–6:30p. Hours: Sat 9a–5p, Sun noon–4p. Admission: $5.00. Special category: Happiest Holiday. Contact: Tim Rahman, 509.244.3467; SpokaneCarversInfo@Hughes.net, www.SpokaneCarvers.com. Registration and mail-ins: Ken Edgerly, 509.994.0026

Kitsap Woodcarvers 34th Annual Juried Show
Mar 14–15, 2020.
West Side Improvement Club, 4109 West E St., Bremerton. Hours: Sat 11a–5p; Sun 10a–4p. Free admission. Contact: Mark Campbell, 360.536-6155; www.kitsapcarvers.org; kitsapcarvers1a@gmail.com




Great Britain

The Festival of Bird Art, National Bird Carving Championships
Sept 14–15, 2019.
The Agricultural Business Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire, U.K. Hours: Sat 11a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: Free to BDWCA members; adults £2.50; Seniors £2.00, under 16 free. Organized by the BDWCA (British Decoy & Wildfowl Carvers Association). Competition in youth, novice, intermediate, and advanced levels for textured waterfowl, birds of prey, gamebirds, seabirds, songbirds, decorative miniatures, interpretive wood sculptures, slick smoothie waterfowl, slick smoothie shorebirds and waders. Also open categories of working decoys, fish, carved bird head, plus carved bird head on a stick which is open to non-members. The British Bird Carving Championship runs in parallel with the BDWCA competition and is open to non-members and is judged with advanced level rules. Carving demonstrations; wood and tool supplies available. Contact: Pam Wilson, 011 44 1494 876600, shows@bdwca.org.uk, www.bdwca.org.uk


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