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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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Alberta

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Alberta Wildlife Carving Association “Images of Nature” Spring Carving Show and Competition 
May 5–7, 2017. Sherwood Park Community League “Log Cabin,” 50 Spruce Ave., Sherwood Park. Registration Fri 5p–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, 780.417.1462, gmaber@yahoo.com, www.albertawildlifecarving.squarespace.com.

 

British Columbia

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Ontario

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Quinte Woodcarvers Show
Apr 8, 2017. Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre, 265 Cannifton Rd., Belleville. Hours: 9:30a–4:30p. Registration: Fri 1p–4p, Sat 7:30a–9:30a. Wildfowl purchase awards: Life-size ringneck drake. Contact: www.quintewoodcarvers.ca/carving-show. 

Kawartha Carving Competition & Show, “Artistic Expressions in Wood”
September 9, 2017. Bobcaygeon Curling Rink, Mansfield Street Fairgrounds, Bobcaygeon. Hours: 8:30a–4:30p. Registration 8a–9:30a. Some 17 carving categories; 4 competition classes—beginner to open. Purchase awards: $750. for decorative hen bufflehead, full-size in habitat; $300. for bust of NA indigenous male. Demonstrations by some vendors and clubs. Admission: $3 charge to the public, which includes a $2 door prize ticket; children under 12 free if accompanied by an adult. Contact: www.kawarthacarvingcompetition.org. 

 

New Brunswick

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New Brunswick Wood Carving Competition and Sale
Aug 11–13, 2017. Sir James Dunn Academy, St. Andrews by the Sea. Carvers at all levels are welcome. Decorative fish and animals, decoys, caricatures, relief, chip, chain saw, and pyrography. Purchase awards: Black Capped Chickadee ($300), Santa
($300) and a Gray Jay ($1500). Two theme competitions: Corvidae family and the marine environment. Workshops, demonstrations, carving supplies, speed carving competition. Contact: Brian Dykeman, 506.450.9571, bmdykeman@gmail.com, www.nbcarving.ca.

Manitoba

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Nova Scotia

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Atlantic Wildlife Carving Competition and Show
May 5–7, 2017. Cole Harbour Place, 51 Forest Hills Pwy, Dartmouth. Hours: Fri 1p–6p (registration), Sat 8a–5p (registration 8a–11:30a), Sun 9a–3p. Free admission. Competitors from Eastern Canada show their work, competition at youth, novice, intermediate, and open levels, many categories and awards with ribbons and cash prizes. Bird theme: bufflehead. Fish theme: speckled trout. Demonstrations, workshops, silent auctions. Contact: http://nscarver.wixsite.com/nswcaa. 

 

Northeast

Maine

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The Maine Coast Carving and Art Show
July 7–9, 2017. The Boathouse, Commercial and Front Sts., Belfast. Hours: Sat 9a–5p, Sun 9a–4p. Registration: Sat 7a–9a. Sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Carvers and Artists, in conjunction with Arts in the Park craft fair. Carving, flat art and photography accepted. Must have been done within the last year. Youth, Novice, Intermediate, Open and Master levels. Contact: Ellen, 207.338.5309, nwood2@myfairpoint.net.

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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Monson Woodwhackers Show
May 13, 2017. Monson Memorial Town Hall, Main St., Monson. Hours: 8a–3p. Free admission. Contact: Wes Harnois, bharnois22@comast.net.

John LaForest Bird Carving Contest
Aug 26, 2017. Marshfield Fair, Rt. 3A, Main St., Marshfield. Hours: Noon–5p, entries 11a–noon. 2017 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.

Bird Carver and Wildlife Arts Sow and Sale
Sept 9–10. Green Briar Nature Center & Jam Kitchen, 6 Discovery Rd., East Sandwich. Hours: 10a–4p. Admission: $3 members, $5 non-members. New England’s most prestigious carvers of birds and animals plus wildlife painters will show and sell their work during the 14th annual carvers’ show and sale. Demonstrations. Admission fees benefit Burgess Society educational programs. Contact: 508.888.6870, www.thorntonburgess.org.

 

New Jersey

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Two Rivers Exhibition of Sporting Collective Art
Mar 11, 2017. Forrestdale School, 60 Forrest Ave., Rumson. Hours: Registration Fri, Mar 10, 5p-7p, Sat. 7:30a-10a. Exhibitor set up Fri 5p-7p, Sat 7:30a-9:45a. Show hours 10a-4p. Admission: $5, children under 12 free w/adult. Vendor table $65. 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, Junior Duck Stamp Display and more! Contact: Nancee Jo Luciani. 732.349.8046, Njluciani@comcast.net; or Kathy Marchut, 973.927-4842, tworiversexhibition@gmail.com; facebook.com/TwoRiverExhibition

 

 

New York

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33nd Annual Genesee Valley Woodcarvers Show and Competition 
Apr 8, 2017. Auditorium, Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Ave., Rochester. Hours: 10a–4:30p. Registration (for out–of–town–competitors only) Fri 3:30p–5:30p. Free admission. Competition divisions and categories (bird division): waterfowl, sea, shore, and wading; prey and upland game; songbird; all other birds; realistic smoothie; primitive/antique smoothie; interpretive sculpture; miniature; and miscellaneous. Also, working decoy, bench, youth divisions. Plus a general division: caricatures, human figures, animals, marine life; holiday and mythical, bark, relief, miniature, and miscellaneous. Novice, intermediate, and advanced levels. Contact: webmaster@gvwoodcarvers.com

Lake Placid Woodcarving Experience
May 22-26, Sept 12-16, Sept 18-22, 2017. Historic Hotel North Woods, 2520 Main St., Lake Placid. Three sessions. Instructors and classes include Al Jordan: Life-size Elf Owl; Charlie Phillips: Flowers; Julie Smith: Chip Carving; Jim O’Dea: Fundamentals of Woodcarving, Dennis “Buck” Clark: White-breasted Nuthatch and Habitat; Leah Goddard: Realistic Animals; Pete LeClair: Caricature Full Figure; Chris Howard: Realistic Bust; Ken Stuparyk: Goldeneye Drake Gunner; Carl Borst: Deep Floral Relief; Glenn Durlacher: Stump Culture. Contact: Jim O’Dea, 941.697.2002, jeodea@aol.com, www.lake-placid-woodcarving.webs.com.

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

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Cook Forest Woodcarving Competition and Show
July 16-­17, 2017. Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts, Cooksburg. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: Free to vendor area, $1 to view show. The 33rd annual show will feature vendors, contests, and demonstrations, plus soap carving for kids. Artists from across the region will display work. Contact: 814.927.6655; info@sawmill.org. 

 

Southeast

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

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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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Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
Apr 28–30, 2017. Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 40th & Costal Hwy, Ocean City. Hours: Fri 10a–5p, Sat 9a–5p; award ceremony, 5:30p; Sun, 10a–4p. Admission: multi-day pass: $10, seniors & 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 1200 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 competitive different divisions. Contact: www.wardmuseum.org.

Havre de Grace Decoy and Wildlife Arts Festival
May 5–7, 2017. Havre de Grace Middle School, Recreation Center, and Decoy Museum, 215 Giles Street, Havre de Grace. Hours: Fri 6p–9p, Sat 9a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Over 140 artists exhibiting and selling their art work; food; children’s activities, live and silent auctions, retriever demonstrations, carving competitions and more. Free shuttle buses to all show locations and downtown Havre de Grace. Contact: 410.939.3739, information@decoymuseum.com; www.decoymuseum.com/festival.

46th Annual Waterfowl Festival
Nov 11-13, 2017. Multiple locations, Easton, MD. Carving, painting, artifacts, classes, demonstrations, kids’ activities, auction, with 15 locations, special events, music, food, and Master Carver Gerald Painter. 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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Chincoteague Decoy Carver’s & Artist’s Association Decoy Show
September 2–3, 2017. Community Center, 6155 Comm. Dr., Chincoteague. Local carvers and artists display their work. Sat 9a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Contact: Cinda Walls, 410.546.1635.

East Coast Decoy Collectors Buy, Sell, Swap
Apr 7–8, 2017. St. Michael’s Motor Inn, 1228 S. Talbot St., St. Michaels. 20th annual show. In-room buying, selling, and trading. Meeting and cookout late Saturday afternoon. Contact: Tim Sieger, 631.537.0153, the_duskers_haven@gmail.com; Darrell Hagar, 410.430.5826, dghagar@gmail.com.

 

North Carolina

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Virginia

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The Richmond Carving Society's Annual Carving Show 
May 27 and 28, 2017. Contact: Richmond.carvers@gmail.com.

 

 

Midwest
 

Illinois

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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.

Indiana

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Iowa

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International Woodcarvers Congress
June 10–18, 2017. 2017. (Competition Showroom open June 15-18). Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1212 E Quarry St., Maquoketa. The longest running competitively judged woodcarving event in the U.S. Contact: 563.676.8264, www.awcltd.org.

 

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Michigan

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Tri-City Carvers Wood Carving & Art Sale
Aug 26, 2017. Second Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 2665 Midland Rd., Saginaw. Hours: 10a–4p. Admission: $3. Featured Carver: Mike Ford. 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.

 

Minnesota

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Carv-Fest 2017
Aug 10-12, 2017. Ice Arena, Alexander Park, Fairbault. Some 60 one-day 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.

 

Missouri

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West County Woodcarver’s Show
Sept. 9, 2017. Salem in Ballwin UMC, 14825 Manchester Rd., Ballwin. Hours: 10a–4p. Free admission. Contact: Keith Krewson, 636.227.3619, club.mail@wcwoodcarvers.org.

 

Ohio

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Ohio Decoy and Wildlife Art Show
Mar 11–12, 2017. Strongsville Holiday Inn, 15471 Royalton Rd., Strongsville.Hours: Sat 9a–4p, Sun 9a–3p.Admission: $5, free to ODCCA members and children under 17. Competition categories: decorative decoy, rest of the marsh, cocktail bird, vintage decoy, IWCA hunting decoy, IWCA hunting shorebird, many others. Flat art contest, kids paint on Fridayevening, Saturday afternoon for kids, swim and sell, live auction and cocktail party, seminars, decoy raffle, more. Contact: Vendors, Wayne Baldwin, (419) 674–4361, kab9208@yahoo.com;General, Bob Lund, (419) 340–2789, woodcountydecoy@msn.com; Room reservations, (877) 408– 2913 (see website for code), www.odcca.net 

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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36th Annual Maumee Bay Carvers Decoy Show
August 26, 2017. Magee Marsh Check-in Station,13229 W. SR2 Oak Harbor. Registration: 8a–10a, judging follows. New event: Sell or Swap. If you have hunting items, decoys, or carving items you would like to sell or trade, bring them to this event; no fee. Contact: Steve Secord, 419.385.6020, s.secord@att.net, www.maumeebaycarvers.com.

 

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Wisconsin

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Rock River Valley Carvers of Wisconsin, Inc., Show and Sale
Sept 9, 2017. Rock County Fairgrounds Craig Center, 1302 Craig Ave, Janesville, Hours: 10a–4p. Free admission (donations accepted). Contact: Tom or Rosemary Kautz, 608.868.4522; www.rockrivervalleycarvers.com.

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. 

Lake Country Carvers Show and Sale
Aug 5, 2017. Life Enrichment Center, 1306 West Wisconsin Ave. Oconomowoc, Hours: 10a–4p. Free admission. Contact: Ray Burow, 920.474.4075.

 

 

West

California

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47th Annual Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Wildlife Art Festival 2017
July 22–23. 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; Maurie Hicks, 541.899.8239; www.pacificflyway.org.

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

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Pikes Peak Whittlers’ Woodcarving and Woodworking Show and Competition
May 20–21, 2017. Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 South 33rd St., Colorado Springs. Hours: Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $3.00 adult, $2.00 military and children, children under 12 free with paid adult admission. Contact: Steve Gurnett 719.481.8776, sgurnett@comcast.net.

 

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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 11-12, 2017, West Side Improvement Club, 4109 West E St. (National Ave. and E St.), Bremerton, WA. Hours: Sat 11a-5p; Sun 1-a-4p. Free admission. Contact: Mark Campbell, 360.536-6155, kitsapcarvers1a@gmail.com, https://sites.google.com/site/kitsapcarvers, or see Kitsap Woodcarvers on Facebook.

Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show
Sept 9–10, 2017. Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver. [Daylong white-crowned sparrow seminar/workshop Thursday]; registration and set-up Friday. Open to the public Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Show, competition, seminars, demonstrations, children’s activities, vendors, cash and purchase awards, mini harlequin drake decoy trade, carvings auction, cocktail bird contest and auction, awards banquet. Contact: Don Baiar, (360) 892.6738, dbaiar@comcast.net; Byrn and JoAnne Watson, 360.736.1082, jobyrn@comcast.net; columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com.

 

Oregon

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International

Great Britain

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The Festival of Bird Art, National Bird Carving Championships
Sept 9–10, 2017. The Agricultural Business Centre, Agriculture Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire. Hours: 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. Demonstrations and supplies. Contact: Pam Wilson, 001.1494.876600, shows@bdwca.org.uk, www.bdwca.org.uk.

 

 

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