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



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



John LaForest Bird Carving Contest
Aug 29, 2020.
Marshfield Fair, Rt. 3A, Main St., Marshfield. Hours: Noon–5p, Entries 11a–Noon. Bird category: Birds of Massachusetts (defined only those listed on the Massachusetts Audubon Daily Field Guide). Open, intermediate, and novice classes in life-size, miniature, decoy/stick-up, and bench. $15 first entry open, $5 each additional; $10 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; or Tom Hogan, 781.834.7725, Timahogan@aol.com




New Jersey



New York



Conewago Carvers Woodcarving and Art Show & Sale
Oct 24–25, 2020.
East Berlin Area Community Center, 405 North Ave., East Berlin. Hours: 9a–4p. Admission: $4, free for veterans, active military, and 12 and under. Free parking. Vendors, carvings, food. Featured Artist: Kathy Overcash. Contact: Kyle Gabel, 717.676.7612; Doug Gabel, 717.676.7611, douglasjgabel@gmail.com; info@conewagocarvers.comp; www.conewagocarvers.com

Rhode Island

Audubon Society of Rhode Island Bird and Wildlife Carving Exposition
Nov 7–8, 2020.
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 7–8, 2020.
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





Louisiana Wildfowl Festival
Oct 3–4, 2020.
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



Annapolis Decoy Show
June 7, 2020.
Annapolis Elks Lodge, 2 Pythian Dr., Edgewater. Hours: 9a–4p. Free Admission. Buy, sell, trade antique duck decoys, contemporary carvings, hunting and fishing items, sporting art, books. Free identification and appraisals. Contact: chad.tragakis@gmail.com or 703.593.3024; elks622.com

Delmarvalous Festival
Aug 8, 2020.
Virtual folk festival with the Chesapeake Challenge competition for contemporary carvers in floating, shorebird, and woodpecker decoy divisions; youth competition in all three divisions. Carving and other artistic demonstrations and activities online.Contact: The Ward Museum www.wardmuseum.org

North Carolina

The Catawba Valley Wood Carvers Club Wood Carving Competition and Exhibition
Oct 23–24, 2020
. Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory. Hours: 9a–4p. Held in conjunction with Klingspor's Woodworking Shop Extravaganza. Theme: Treasure Hunt. This year the show will host the Young Guns IWCA Championship. Contact: Steve Robertson, 828.612.4716; steve_robertson@yahoo.com; catawbavalleywoodcarversclub.webs.com; www.woodworkingshop.com

Core Sound Decoy Festival
Dec 5–6, 2020.
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’ 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




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

Midwest Artistry in Wood
Nov 7–8, 2020.
Belle-Clair Exposition Hall, 200 S. Belt East (South Belt East at Highway 159), Belleville. Hours: Sat 9a–5p, Sun 10–4p. Admission $4, under 12 free. Contact: https://midwestwoodcarvers.com



Show and Sale



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



Kaw Valley Woodcarvers Show and Sale
Nov. 21–22, 2020. 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



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



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

Sauder Village Woodcarver’s Show and Sale
Oct 24–25, 2020. 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. Contact: www.saudervillage.org/woodcarvers





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







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








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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