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Events, Gatherings, and Wood Carving Shows 2017


Join the wildfowl carving community by exploring its many different gatherings across the nation, from wildfowl carving competition to wood carving shows 2017. Visit this page to learn about the best events of the year happening in your area: big sales, waterfowl shows 2017 and decoy shows 2017. 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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Maine

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Maine Wood Carvers Association Show and Competition
Sept 23, 2017. Buker Community Center, 22 Armory St., Augusta. Hours: 9a–4p. Admission: $4, under 14 free. 31st Annual Wood Carving show. Entry levels from youth to waster; wood and tool vendors, club displays, and more. Contact: Bob Grimm, 207.647.1223, rbtgrm@yahoo.com, http://mainewoodcarvers.com

 

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Massachusetts

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New England Woodcarvers Annual Spirit of Wood Competition and Show
Oct 15, 2017. Middlesex Community College, Bedford. Largest carving show in New England; competition open to members and non-members. Includes waterfowl, seabirds, loons, shorebirds, wading birds, gamebirds, birds of prey, and songbirds. Tables by many New England carving groups. Contact: www.newc.org

 

 

New Jersey

Two Rivers Exhibition of Sporting Collectible Art
Mar 10, 2018.
Forrestdale School, 60 Forrest Ave., Rumson Hours: Competitor Registration Fri, Mar 9, 5p–7p; Sat 7:30a–10:00a. Open to the public Sat 10a–4p. Admission: $5, children under 12 free with adult. Monmouth County Ducks Unlimited event in cooperation with NJ Wildfowl Carvers Association. Wildlife & maritime art, photography, carving competitions, demonstrations, children’s activities, appraisals, Ducks Unlimited Choice Award and more. Contact: Kathy Marchut, 973.927.4842, tworiversexhibition@gmail.com.; http://facebook.com/TwoRiversExhibition

 

 

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New York

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South Shore Waterfowlers Association Duckboat Show and Waterfowl Festival
Oct 29, 2017 (rain date Nov 5). Cedar Beach Marina, Ocean Parkway, Babylon. Hours: 8a–3p. Admission: $2. Contact: Curt Matzinger, 613.661.0379, www.sswa.org.

 

Pennsylvania

William Rush Wood Carving, Wildlife Art, and Craft Show and Sale
Nov 11–12, 2017.
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: Dick Snyder. Contact: John Chacosky, 610.762.0030; johnchacosky@gmail.com; www.williamrushwoodcarvers.blogspot.com

Lancaster County Woodcarvers Woodcarving & Wildlife Art Festival
March 17–
18, 2018. Student Memorial Center, Millersville University Fitness Center, Shenks Ln., Millersville. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $5; free with military ID. Featured carver: Al Jordan. Competition (for members and exhibitors only), door prizes, books, tools, carving supplies and free demonstrations. Parking is free; handicap and elderly easy-access parking across from show entrance. Contact: Pete Kovarovic, 717.392.4814; www.lancarvers.com

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Alabama 

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North Alabama Woodcarvers Association Show and Competition
Nov 11–12, 2017. Huntsville Jaycees Building, 2180 Airport Rd. SW, Huntsville. Hours: Sat 9a–4p, Sun 10a–4p. Free admission. More than 30 competition categories, plus collectibles, fine arts, caricatures, holiday gifts, tool and supply vendors. Contact: Dan Pritchett, 256.337.9592; prit2099@bellsouth.net; www.nawawoodcarvers.org.

 

Florida

 

Florida Winter National Wood Art Expo & Competition
Jan 12–13, 2018.
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: $6 one day; $10 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: flwoodartexpo.com

Space Coast Wood Carvers Show and Sale
Jan 27, 2018.
Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne. Hours: 9a–3p. Admission: $3. Competition categories: waterfowl, bark, relief, caricatures, canes and walking sticks, open. Plus raffle, food, demonstrations, vendors. Contact: Tom Anstett, 407.325.5424, tomironsides54@yahoo.com

Highlands Woodcarvers Woodcarving Show
Feb 10, 2018.
Sebring Recreation Club, 333 Pomegranate Ave., Sebring. Hours: 10a–4p. Admission: $3. Carving competition, tool and wood vendors, food, door prizes. Contact: Eric Maron, 863.273.6136; efmaron@centurylink.net

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Louisiana

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40th Annual Louisiana Wildfowl Festival
Oct 7-8, 2017. Castine Center, Pelican Park, Mandeville. Sponsored by the Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers & Collectors Guild. Hundreds of carvers from across the country compete for thousands in prizes. Comprehensive website with 2017 Program, Boy Scout information, competition rules book, entry forms and more. Contact: Gene Hebert, 985.790.9184; lwccg.com.

 

Maryland

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Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo
Oct 14, 2017. The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, 909 South Schumaker Dr., Salisbury, MD. Hours: 8a-4p. Free admission. Outdoor marketplace with more than 30 vendors; decoyidentification and appraisals. “Old Birds” 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. Opening reception for “Bottoms Up: The Underside of Decoys.” Contact: www.wardmuseum.org

Waterfowl Festival
Nov 10–12, 2017.
Multiple locations, Easton, MD. Carving, painting, artifacts, classes, demonstrations, kids’ activities, auction, with 15 locations, special events, music, food, and Master Carver Richard Jones. Waterfowl Chesapeake, through the efforts and proceeds from the annual Wa­terfowl Festival, creates, restores and con­serves waterfowl habitat in the Chesapeake Bay region. Contact: 410.822.4567; www.waterfowlfestival.org

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North Carolina

Core Sound Decoy Festival
Dec 2–3, 2017.
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

Rappahannock Decoy Carvers and Collectors Guild Carving Contest
Mar 17, 2018.
Sponsored by the Rappahannock Decoy Carvers Guild. At the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show, 578 Chesapeake Dr., White Stone, VA. Hours: 10a–5p. Registration Fri, Mar 17, 2p–4:30p, Sat 9a–10:30a. Mail-in entries allowed; mail to William Bruce 151 Bruce Ave White Stone, VA 22578. $10 for the first entry and $5.00 each additional entry. Several divisions for working decoys, bench class, contemporary antique decoys, two divisions for youth carvers, two divisions for buoy decoys. Contact: Chuck Robinson, cwrappraisals@aol.com, or www.rappahannockdecoycarversguild.com

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Illinois

North Suburban Carvers Artistry in Wood Show & Sale
Oct 21–22, 2016.
DuPage County Fair Grounds, 2015 W. Manchester Rd., Wheaton. Hours: Sat 9a–4p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $5. Contact: www.northsuburbancarvers.org

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Midwestern Woodcarver’s Show
Nov 4–5, 2017. Belle-Clair Exposition Hall, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville. Hours: Sat 9a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $4.00, under 12 free. Contact: www.holzschnitzers.com.

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Kansas

Kaw Valley Woodcarvers Annual Show
Nov 18–19, 2017.
Ramada Topeka West, 605 SW Fairlawn Rd, Topeka. Hours: Sat 10a–5p; Sun 11a–4p. Contact: Katrina Meredith, stormy13kat@gmail.com; or Joan Smith, 785.249.4958, joan@tbfcarving.com

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Michigan

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Fruit Belt Woodcarvers Show 2016
Nov 4–5, 2017.
Cass County Fairgrounds, 590 North O’Keefe St., Cassopolis. Sale and competition, vendors, People’s Choice Award, door prizes. Contact: fruitbeltwoodcarvers.wordpress.com 

 

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Missouri

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Kansas City Elegance in Wood Show and Sale
Mar 16–17, 2018.
John Know Pavilion, 400 NW Murry Rd., Lee's Summit. Hours: 10a–5p. Sponsored by Kansas City Woodcarvers (a special interest group of the Kansas City Woodworkers Guild). Contact: Dan Robidoux, elegance@KCWoodworkersguild.org

 

Ohio

Woodcarver’s Show and Sale
Oct 28-29, 2017.
Sauder Village, 22611 State Route 2, Archbold, OH. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 11a–4p. Handcrafted wildlife, fish, birds, caricatures, bowls, plaques, pens, and more. Workshop by guest carver. Vendors, demonstrations, music. Contact: www.saudervillage.org

 

Cincinnati Carvers Guild Wood Carving Show & Competition
Nov 11–12, 2017.
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

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Lorain County Woodcarvers Club Carving Show
Sept 15–17, 2017. 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. We are in Building #14. Show tables still available. Contact: Suzanne Kristoff, 440.935.2258, zann550@gmail.com.

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Oklahoma

Oklahoma City’s Woodcarvers Club’s Artistry in Wood
Oct 28–29, 2017.
Hobbies & Arts Building, OKC Fair Grounds, Oklahoma City, OK. Hours: Sat 9a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Whittling contest, demonstrations, door prizes, vendors, Pur­chase Awards. Contact: www.okcarver.org

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Wisconsin

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42nd Annual Birds in Art Exhibition 
Sept 9–Nov 26, 2017. 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.

Wisconsin Waterfowl Association Decoy Carving Competition and Exhibition
Sept 15–16, 2017. University of Wisconsin Stevens Point campus, Dreyfus University Center, Laird Room, 1015 Reserve St., Stevens Point. Hours: Friday noon–12:00 registration for walk ins, pre-viewing, Sat 9:30a–4p. Admission: $5 adults, children 17 and under free. Held in conjunction with the Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition, featuring IWCA decorative and gunning, non-IWCA, antique, and foam classes. Cash and ribbon awards, live carving/painting demonstrations, exhibits and vendors. Contact: Mike Pierce, 715.297.8967; Don Kirby, 262.224.4949, www.wisducks.org/education. 

 

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California

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Central Coast Woodcarvers 40th Annual Show
Sept 16–17, 2017. Cayucos Vet’s Hall, 1000 Main St., Cayucos. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. 28 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; tools and supplies available for purchase. Donation: $2, under 12 free. Contact: George Newell, 805.550.4389, gnewellpoly@hotmail.com

 

Colorado

Northern Colorado Wood Carvers Club Show/Sale and Competition
Nov 18–19, 2017.
The Ranch at the Thomas McKee Building, Exhibition Hall A, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 5280 Area Circle, Suite 100, Loveland. Hours: Sat 11a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Free admission. Contact: Amie Conant, 970.310.5391, amieconant@gmail.com; or Rich Roberts, 970.407.8523

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Idaho

Idaho Artistry in Wood Show
Mar 17-18, 2018.
JUMP Boise, 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise. Hours: Sat 9a–5; Sun 10a-4p. Woodcarving, woodturning, fine furniture making, pyrography, intarsia, gourds, marquetry, scrolling, and other wood art. Raffles, vendors, silent auction. Contact: Doug Rose, 208.856.8856, roseboise@yahoo.com, or idahoartistryinwood.com

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Texas

 

Rio Grande Valley Woodcarving Show and Sale
Jan 12–13, 2018. Nomad Shrine Club, Pharr. Hours: 10-4. Admission: $3 donation. Judged competition, demonstrations, displays, vendors. Competitoin open to members and non-members Contact: Fred Stenman, 651.485.0580, fstenman@msn.com; www.rgvwoodcarvers.org

Rally on the Rio Woodcarving Seminar
Jan 15-20, 2018.
Nomad Shrine Club, Pharr. Six days of carving classes. Open to all carvers from beginners to experienced. Classes beging at 8a and end at 4:30p.  Contact: Rio Grande Valley Wood­carvers, www.rgvwoodcarvers.org

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Utah

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Utah Valley Woodcarvers Club 12th Annual Show
October 7-8, 2017. This is the 12th annual year for the Utah Valley Woodcarvers Club to present their show. The Show has about 300-350 beautifully carved entries.  We also have demonstrations, including 2 excellent chain saw carvers, classes, and one of the best Carving supply stores, Treeline, as our main Vendor.  The Show is held in Spanish Fork, Utah, at the Veterans Memorial Building 400 N and Main, October 7th and 8th. We are a juried Show and our judges are experienced carvers around the area.  Admission is $3.00 with children under 10 accompanied by parents being free.  All Boy Scouts and their leaders wearing uniforms get into the show Free.  Come Join us for the fun.

Utah Valley Woodcarvers Club Show
October 7–8, 2017. Veterans Memorial Building 400 N, and Main, Spanish Fork. Admission: $3, children under 10 and Boy Scouts and leaders in uniform free. Juried competition. Demonstrations, including two chainsaw carvers, and vendors. Contact: Mary Dame, maryd@sfcn.org. 

 

Washington

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Kitsap Woodcarvers 31st Annual Juried Show
Mar 10–11, 2018.
West Side Improvement Club, 4109 West E St. (National Ave. and E St.), Bremerton, WA. Hours: Sat 11a–5p; Sun 1a–4p. Free admission. Contact: Mark Campbell, 360.536-6155, kitsapcarvers1a@gmail.com, https://sites.google.com/site/kitsapcarvers, or see Kitsap Woodcarvers on Facebook

 

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