2018 Waterfowl Shows
9th Annual Hyde County Waterfowl Festival, Jan 13th & 14th
The Hyde County Waterfowl Association is holding its 9th Annual Mattamuskeet Decoy & Waterfowl Festival this weekend.
The festival will feature carvers, antique decoys, books and local waterfowl art.
The festivities begin on Friday, January 13th as the Hyde County Waterfowl Association holds their annual banquet at Davis School Gym in Engelhard. Guests receive a BBQ chicken dinner, along with the chance to bid on auctioned items.
The Mattanuskeet Decoy and Waterfowl Festival begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 14th and continues through Sunday evening at Mattamuskeet High School’s Gymnasium.
Tickets for the banquet are $40 while tickets for the festival at $5 per day or $8 for a weekend pass.
22nd Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival, Washington, NC, February 8 – 10th, 2018
Southeastern Wildlife Expedition, Charleston, NC, February 16, 17, & 18th
The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) is a three-day celebration of wildlife and nature through fine art, conservation education, sporting demonstrations, food, drink and the people who honor them all. The largest event of its kind in the US, SEWE makes its home in Charleston, South Carolina and plays host to hundreds of artists and exhibitors, plus experts in wildlife and nature art – all eager to share their art and insights with more than 40,000 attendees. Visit sewe.com for more information.
2018 Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association Show, Strongsville, OH, March 9-11th, 2018
Back Bay – Knotts Island Waterfowl Festival, Virginia Beach, VA, March 10th, 2018
Please join us for the Back Bay Knott’s Island Waterfowl festival at the Creed’s Ruritan club in Virginia Beach on March 10th from 9:00-5:00. This is an event to celebrate the waterfowl heritage of this area. There will be over 40 vendors set up in the main barn. Buy, sell, and trade of decoys and other waterfowl related antiques and collectables. There will be an artifact room with many old decoys and other artifacts from this area on display. There will also be two guest speakers, Al Henley and Robbie Smith. Al is president of the Back Bay Wildfowl Guild, a local historian, and grandson of famous decoy maker John Williams and Robbie is a prominent collector of North Carolina decoys. Admission is $5 per adult and children 12 and under free. Proceeds will benefit the Back Bay Wildfowl Guild and Back Bay Restoration Foundation. Contact Chris @ 757-663-6970 or Jimmy @ 757-408-1942.
39th Annual Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show, White Stone, VA, March 17th & 18th
The Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show is a unique art festival showcasing all forms of wildfowl art, including original paintings, bronze sculptures, and handcrafted jewelry.
Hours: Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 10 am – 4 pm.
Admission: $8 for a 2 day pass; children under 12 admitted free.
Visit http://www.rappahannockdecoycarversguild.com/home-1.html for more details!
1st Annual Ocracoke Island Waterfowl Festival, Ocracoke, NC, April 21st, 2018
Hosted by: Ocracoke Island Decoy Carvers Guild
Ocracoke School Gymnasium
9:00 am until 6:00 pm
Contact: John Simpson 509-930-4988; Vince O’Neal 252-921-0112 for information
48th Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival, Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City, MD, April 27, 28 & 29, 2018
Winyah Bay Heritage Festival, Georgetown, SC, April – No dates set for 2018
The festival is designed to celebrate the rich history of the Winyah Bay area, with an emphasis on conservation, preservation, art, hunting, fishing, decoy carving and other unique traditions. It unites wildlife artists, a variety of unique exhibitors, outdoor lovers of all sorts and collectors from across the nation. The festival takes place in various locations throughout Georgetown County, and proceeds benefit the Georgetown County Historical Society and the Georgetown County Museum.
For more information, visit www.winyahbayfestival.org.
2018 Annual Loon Day Competition, Harkers Island, NC, May 12th, 2018
Loon Day is an annual event held by the Guild in May. The competition is a donation in that the decoy itself acts as the entry fee. All decoys entered become property of the Guild.
For the Loon Day decoy competition, the judging will take place at the Harkers Island Bridge area with the decoys out in the water and the judges making their evaluations from the shore. The decoys are hidden before judging so they cannot be prejudged from a closer perspective.
The competition carries a $200 first prize cash award, a $100 cash award for second place, a $50 cash award for third place, and a $25 cash award for fourth place. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of skill, as this is an event to benefit the Guild.