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.







Alberta Wildlife Carving Association “Images of Nature” Spring Carving Show and Competition.
May 1–3, 2020. Whitecroft Hall 314, 52313 Range Rd 232 Sherwood Park. Registration Fri 4p–7p, Sat 8a–9:30a (late and out-of-town entries). Entry fees: $8 per entry. Open, intermediate, and novice levels. Categories: decorative life-size waterfowl non-floating, smoothies, champagne, songbird, super-slicks, decorative life-size, decorative miniatures, exotic North American wildlife competition, hunting decoy competition. Trophies, medallions, plus cash and purchase awards. Information and entry forms are posted on website. Contact: Glenn Maber, 780.907-0454, gmaber@yahoo.com

British Columbia

30th Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show
Apr 4–5, 2020. Parksville Community Center, 132 E. Jensen Ave., Parksville. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $5. One of Canada’s best known wildlife woodcarving competitions, including birds, fish, other carving styles and woodworking; seminars, auctions, and sales by wildlife artists, photographers, and sculptors. Contact: bill.beese@gmail.com; www.thebrant.ca


Prairie Canada Carving Championship Show and Competition
May 18–19, 2020.
Pembina Curling Club, 1341 Pembina Hwy, Winnipeg. Hours: Fri 4p–7p (drop-off), Sat 7a–8a (drop-off), 9a–4:30p, banquet at 5:30p, Sun 9a–4p. The 33rd annual event showcases a variety of carvings, including waterfowl, song- and shorebirds, fish, traditional carvings, as well as stone, bark, bone, and antler carvings. Plus multiple workshops. Contact: bdyoung@mymts.net; www.prairiecanadacarvers.com


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

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Wood Carving Competition and Sale
Aug 7-9, 2020
, Sir James Dunn Academy, St. Andrews by the Sea, Competition for carvers at all levels. Categories for all types of wood carving. Purchase awards: kingfisher in flight ($1500), bluejay ($1500), 8" Santa ($300), any whale ($300), youth carving ($150). Two theme competitions: Any heron, and cats (bird, animal, caricature, etc). Workshops, demonstrations, carving supplies, knife carving competition. Contact: Brian Dykeman, 506.450.9571, bmdykeman@gmail.com; www.nbcarving.ca


Competition and Show


Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Wildlife Carvers and Artists Association Competition and Show
May 25–26, 2020.
Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Parkway, Dartmouth. Hours: Sat 8a–5p, Sun 9a–3p. Registration Fri noon–6p, Sun 8a–11:30a. Free admission. Competitor costs vary free to $25 per entry. Contact: Junior Gosse, 902.220.0520, junior.gosse@bellaliant.net; http://nscarver.wixsite.com/nswcaa





2020 Maine Coast Competition
July 11
12 2020. Blue Goose Center, 1184 Atlantic Hwy, Northport. Hours: Sat 9a–5p, Sun 9a–4p. Entries taken Fri 12p–6p and Sat 7a–9a. Free admission. Find rules at pbcaa.org. Contact: Steve Moody, 207.722.3086, jsmoody@fairpoint.net







New Jersey



New York




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






North Arkansas Woodcarving Show and Sale
May 2–3, 2020. Baxter County Fairgrounds, 157 Fairgrounds Dr., Mountain Home. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Woodcarvers, woodturners, demonstrations, food, door prizes. Contact: Bonnie Davis, 870.431.8591, dbd12@suddenlink.net; Sandy Smith, 870.431.8070, typesmith@suddenlink.net; www.northarkansaswoodcarvers.org



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





50th Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
Apr 24–26, 2020.
Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 40th and Coastal Hwy, Ocean City. Hours: Fri 10a–5p, Sat 9a–5p; award ceremony, 5:30p; Sun 10a–4p. Admission: multi-day pass: $10, seniors and students $8, children under 12 free (with adult); group rate for 6 or more: $6 per person. An international event for carvers, collectors, and visitors, with some 1,200 different wildfowl carvings representing more than 150 species from around the world. Competitors of all levels—from youth to world champions—compete for nearly $60,000 in prize money, as well as ribbons, medallions, plaques, and trophies. More than 40 different competitive divisions. Special activities in honor of 50th annual show. Contact: www.wardmuseum.org


Havre de Grace Decoy and Wildlife Arts Festival
May 2-3, 2020
Havre de Grace Middle School and Decoy Museum, 215 Giles St., Havre de Grace. Hours: Sat 8:30a–6p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $10. More than 100 artists exhibiting and selling their artwork, plus food, children’s activities, retriever demonstrations, carving competitions, and more. Contact: 410.939.3739, information@decoymuseum.com; www.decoymuseum.com

North Carolina


Rappahannock Decoy Carvers and Collectors Guild Carving Contest
Mar 21, 2020.
Sponsored by the Rappahannock Decoy Carvers Guild. At the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show, 578 Chesapeake Dr., White Stone. Hours: 10a– 5p. Registration Fri, Mar 20, 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 each additional entry. Several divisions for working decoys, bench class, contemporary antique decoys, two divisions for youth carvers, two divisions for buoy decoys. Contact: Mike Burnett, mike@saltywaterdecoys.com, 757.870.8877; or www.rappahannockdecoycarversguild.com

Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy and Art Festival
Apr 10–11, 2020.
Chincoteague Combined School, 4586 Main St., Chincoteague Island. Hours: Fri noon–6p; Sat 9a–4p. Admission: $4, children under 12 free. Local and national carvers and artists of all kinds exhibit and sell their work at this Chincoteague Island tradition. Contact: joanne@chincoteague chamber.com; www.chincoteaguechamber.com

Chincoteague Decoy Carvers’ and Artists’ Association Decoy Show
Sept 5–6, 2020.
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
Sept 5–Sept 6, 2020.
Oglebay Park, off I-70 on WV Rt. 88, Wheeling. Free admission, freeparking. 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


The North American Vintage Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show
Apr 21–25, 2020.
Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles. MegaCenter exhibit hall event hours: Fri 2p–7p, Sat 9a–2p. Admission $5. Room-to-room trading, two-day decoy auction, nearly 350 dealer tables, carving demonstrations, silent auctions, free appraisals. Contact: 586.530.6586; midwestdecoy.org

Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers Show
Sept 5-6, 2020. 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: Bill Rice,217.414.4790; williamwrice@sbcglobal.net;www.svwoodcarvers.org



Show and Sale



Cedar Valley Woodcarvers Art of Woodcarving Show
Mar 7–8, 2020.
Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center, 1770 Boylston Rd., Hiawatha. Free admission. Judged competition, no separate levels. Carvings must have been completed within two years of the show. Contact: Don Lund, 319.683.2864; klund@sharontc.net

International Woodcarvers Congress
June 13–21, 2020.
(Competition showroom open June 16–21). Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1212 E Quarry St., Maquoketa. The longest running competitively judged woodcarving event in the U.S. More than 116 categories. Contact: www.awcltd.org





Carv-Fest 2020
Aug 6-8, 2020. 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 15th Annual Woodcarver's Show
Sept 12, 2020.
Salem in Ballwin UMC, 14825 Manchester Rd., Ballwin. Hours: 10a-4p. Free admission. Contact:: Larry Keller 636.227.4598; club.mail@wcwoodcarvers.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

Lorain County Woodcarvers Club Carving Show
Sept 18–19, 2020.
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





Wisconsin Waterfowl Association Decoy Carving Competition and Exhibition
July 31–Aug 4, 2020.
George W. Mead Wildlife Education Center. 201517 County Rd. S, Milladore. Hours: Fri 9a–5p, Sat 9a–5p. Admission: $5 donation, children free. Featuring IWCA classes (hosting the IWCA Canvas 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 Carvers Show and Sale
Aug 1, 2020.
Life Enrichment Center, 1306 West Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Hours: 10am- 4pm. Free Admission. Contact: Ray Burow 920-474-4075; rburow1@wi.rr.com

Birds in Art Exhibition
Sept 12–Nov. 29, 2020.
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. 26, 2020.
Craig Center at Rock County Fairgrounds. 1301 Craig Ave. Janesville. Hours: 9a–4p. Free Admission. Contact: Brad Crandall, bwkicrandall@gmail.com, 608.931.0188




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


50th annual Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Wildlife Art Festival
July 18–19, 2020.
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), D.U. contemporary style decoy, gunning shorebirds, junior carver event, wall-hangers, and the 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


Pikes Peak Whittlers’ Woodcarving and Woodworking Show and Competition
May 16–17, 2020.
Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 South 33rd St. Colorado Springs.Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $3 adult, $2 military and children, children under 12 free with paid adult admission. Contact: Steve Gurnett 719.339.5164, sgurnett@comcast.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








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

33rd Annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show & Competition
Aug 29–30, 2020. Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 4600 S.E. Columbia Way, Vancouver. Hours: Sat. 10a–5p, Sun. 10a–4p. Free admission, Free seminars Sat and Sun. Three-hour fee seminar Fri 10a–1p. Saturday banquet and auction. More than $10,000 in cash awards. Contact: Jerry Harris, 503.884.7095, grich912@aol.com; Randy Martin, 503.668.8348, whatdoggersdo@gmail.com; www.columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com; or on Facebook

Spokane Carvers Artistry in Wood
Sept 26–27, 2020.
Salvation Army Center,222 E Indiana, Spokane. Registration Fri 3:30p–6:30p. Hours: Sat 9a–5p,Sun noon–4p. Admission: $5.00. Special categoryies: happiest holiday, wood turnings, and AlF (Almost Finished). Contact: Tim Rahman, 509.244.3467; SpokaneCarversInfo@Hughes.net, www.SpokaneCarvers.com. Registration and mail-ins: Ken Edgerly, 509.994.0026



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