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Events, Gatherings, and Wood Carving Shows 2018


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.

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Ontario

Kawartha Carving Competition & Show, “Artistic Expressions in Wood”
Sept 8, 2018.
Bobcaygeon Curling Rink, 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

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New Brunswick

New Brunswick Wood Carving Competition and Sale
Aug 10–12, 2018.
 Sir James Dunn Academy, St. Andrews by the Sea.Carvers at all levels are welcome. Classes for all types of woodcarving: decorative fish and animals, decoys, caricatures, relief, chip, chain saw, and pyrography. Purchase awards: Any owl ($1500); moose, 3D, or relief ($1500),Santa ($300), Atlantic puffin ($300), and youth carving ($150). Two theme competitions: Provincial birds (osprey, bluejay, or chickadee) and and fishing. Workshops, demonstrations, carving supplies, speed-carving competition. Contact: Brian Dykeman, 506.450.9571; bmdykeman@gmail.comwww.nbcarving.ca

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Manitoba

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Maine

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Maryland

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Massachusetts

John LaForest Bird Carving Contest
Aug 25, 2018. Marshfield Fair, Rt. 3A, Main St., Marshfield. Hours: Noon–5p, entries 11a–noon. 2018 bird category is Birds of Massachusetts (defined for this contest as only those listed on the Massachusetts Audubon Daily Field Guide). Masters (new), open, intermediate, and novice classes in life-size, miniature, and decoy/stick-up and bench. $15 first entry open, $5 each additional; $10 entry novice and intermediate, $5 each additional. Fees include admission to the fair. $50 first prize open and masters, $35 first prize intermediate, $25 first prize novice. Ribbons and rosettes also awarded. Contact: Kevin Dunn, 781.837.3786, kdunn603@verizon.net; Tom Hogan, 781.834.7725, Timahogan@aol.com

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New York

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Lake Placid Woodcarving Experience
Sept 10-15, Sept 17–21, 2018. Historic Hotel North Woods, 2520 Main St., Lake Placid. Two sessions. Instructors and classes include Al Jordan: Sharp-shinned Hawk and Chick; Dennis “Butch” Clark: Northern Cardinal, Ken Stuparyk: Green Wing Teal Hen; Leah Goddard: Realistic Animals; Kevin Applegate: Caricature; Chris Howard: Realistic Bust; Carl Borst: Celtic Cross; Jim O’Dea: Fundamentals of Songbird Carving. Contact: Jim O’Dea, 941.697.2002, jeodea@aol.com; www.lakeplacid-woodcarving.webs.com


 

Pennsylvania

Wood Art Show and Competition
July 14, 2018.
Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts, 140 Theater Ln., Cooksburg. Hours: 10a–5p. Admission: $1. Entry Fee: $5 per carving. Theme for 2018 is “Babies of the Forest.” Contact: Christine Hendryx, 814.927.6655; chendryx@gmail.com

Conewago Carvers Woodcarving and Art Show and Sale
Oct 2728, 2018. East Berlin Area Community Center, 405 N. Ave., East Berlin. Hours: 9a–4p. Admission: $4, 12 and under, veterans and active military free. Contact: Kyle Gabel, 717.676.7612; info@conewagocarvers.com; www.conewagocarvers.com, or find us on Facebook

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Alabama 

North Alabama Woodcarvers Association Show and Competition
Nov 10–11, 2018. Huntsville Jaycees 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

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Louisiana

Louisiana Wildfowl Festival
Oct 6-7, 2018.
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 2018 Program, Boy Scout information, competition rules book, entry forms and more. Contact: Gene Hebert, 985.790.9184; lwccg.com

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North Carolina

Core Sound Decoy Festival
Dec 1–2, 2018. Harkers Island Elementary School, 1163 Island Rd., Harkers Island. Hours: Sat 9a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $8 daily, children under 12 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

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Virginia

Chincoteague Decoy Carvers’ & Artists’ Association Decoy Show
Sept 1-2, 2018 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

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Illinois

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Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show
Sept 1
–2, 2018. 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: Betty Legg, 217. 546- 8792; lelandleggsr4296@comcast.net; www.svwoodcarvers.org

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Midwest Woodcarvers Show
Nov 3–4, 2018. Belle-Clair Exposition Hall, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville. Hours: Sat 9a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $4.00, under 12 free. Contact: www.midwestwoodcarvers.com


 

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Michigan

Tri-City Carvers Wood Carving & Art Sale
Aug 25, 2018. 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, ehhak@chartermi.net

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Minnesota

Carv-Fest 2018
Aug 9
–11, 2018. Ice Arena, Alexander Park, Fairbault. Some 48 Woodcarving and craft workshops, onsite camping, carving auction, sales, wood and tool vendors, sharpening demos, beginner classes. Contact: chris@woodcarverswarehouse.com; 507.339.0336; www.carv-fest.com

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West County Woodcarvers Show
Sept. 22, 2018
. Salem in Ballwin UMC, 14825 Manchester Rd., Ballwin. Hours: 10a–4p. Free admission. Contact: Larry Keller, 636.227.4598;club.mail@wcwoodcarvers.org

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Maumee Bay Carvers Decoy Show
Sept 9, 2018. Metro Parks Waterfowl Festival at Pearson Metro Park, 4600 Starr Ave., Oregon. Registration: 8a–10a, judging follows. All rules are on the website. Contact: Steve Secord, 419.385.6020, s.secord@att.net; www.maumeebaycarvers.com

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Lorain County Woodcarvers Club Carving Show
Sept 14–16, 2018. 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

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Sauder village Woodcarver’s Show and Sale
Oct 27–28, 2018.
Founder’s Hall at Sauder Village, 2201 State Rt. 2, Archbold. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 11a–5p. Skilled carvers showcasing handcrafted wildlife, fish, birds, caricatures, bowls, plaques, pens, and more. Vendors, demonstrations, and music. Featuring guest artist Leah Goddard and Chris Howard. Contact: www.saudervillage.org/woodcarvers

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Oklahoma

OKC Woodcarving Show and Sale
Oct 27
–28, 2018. Hobbies, Arts & Crafts Building, State Fair Grounds, Oklahoma City. Hours: Sat 9:00a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $5. Featuring Judging, vendors, whittling contest, demonstrations, door prizes, and purchase awards. Contact: Gerald Hudson, 405.401.0783; gwhudson@sbcglobal.net

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Wisconsin

Lake Country Carving Show and Sale
Aug 4, 2018.
 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

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Wisconsin Waterfowl Association Decoy Carving Competition and Exhibition
Aug 10–12, 2018.
Conservation Museum Room, Cabela’s of Richfield, I-41 and US45, Richfield. Hours: Fri 9a–5p, Sat 8a–5p, Sun 9a–3p. Judging: Sat 11:30a–4p, winners on display through 1p Sun. Admission: $5 adults, children under 18 free. Held in conjunction with the WWA State Duck & Goose Calling Championships, Aug12. Featuring IWCA and non-IWCA classes, with cash and ribbon awards, live carving/painting demonstrations, and other exhibits. Contact: 262.968,1722; wwainfo@centurytel.net; wisducks.org

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Rock River Valley Carvers of Wisconsin, Inc., Show and Sale
Sept 8, 2018.
Rock County Fairgrounds Craig Center, 1302 Craig Ave., Janesville. Hours: 10a–4p. Free admission (donations accepted). Contact: Rosie Kautz, rosietom@centurytel.net; 608.868.4522; or Robin Rios, 608.752.3328; robinrios@charter.net

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Birds in Art Exhibition
Sept 8–Nov 25, 2018.
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: museum@lywam.org; www.lywam.org

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California

Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Wildlife Art Festival
July 21–22, 2018.
Double Tree Hotel, 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento. Open, Intermediate, and Novice levels. Mail–ins welcome. Carving categories: decorative floating, CWA Decoy of the Year, PFDA traditional hunting decoys (floating pairs), contemporary style decoy, gunning shorebirds, junior carver event, international waterfowl, wall–hangers, and a new challenge, CWA 3–Bird Rig. Live painting contest, Friday night reception, Saturday night banquet and auction. Decoy collectors, appraisals, sales, and trades.Contact: Fritz Zanker, 530.894.5951; Bob Solari, 925.687.2013; www.pacificflyway.org

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Central Coast Woodcarvers Show
Sept 15–16, 2018.
Cambria Vet’s Hall, 1000 Main St., Cambria. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $2 donation, under 12 free. 24 local and statewide carvers will display and sell their art. Competition at 1p both days, raffle for individual carvings plus silent auction for a featured carving. Contact: George Newell, 805.550.4389, gnewellpoly@hotmail.com

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Colorado

Northern Colorado Wood Carvers Show/Sale and Competition
Nov 1718, 2019. Thomas McKee Building, Exhibition Hall A. Larimer County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 5280 Arena Circle, Suite 100, Loveland,.CO (at I-25 & Crossroads Blvd. exit 259). Hours: Sat 11a5p, Sun 10a4p. Contact: Rich Roberts, 970.407.8523, or Richard Bandy, rbbandy@gmail.com

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Great Britain

The Festival of Bird Art, National Bird Carving Championships
Sept 8–9, 2018. The Agricultural Business Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire. Hours: Sat 11a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: Free to BDWCA members; adults £2.50; Seniors £1.50, 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, 001.1494.876600, shows@bdwca.org.uk, www.bdwca.org.uk

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