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Salisbury, MD 21804

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Sun: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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Wildfowl Expo

18th Annual Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo
Saturday, October 10, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Rain or Shine

The crisp, clear fall air and beautiful grounds of the museum will once again set the stage for a day of excitement, anticipation, and socialization among decoy collectors and carvers from across the country. Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo pays tribute to decoys from the past while encouraging the carving of new ones. Admission to the event and museum is free!

Exciting Marketplace

The front parking lot is transformed into a festive marketplace. More than thirty vendors will participate in the buying, selling and trading of an eclectic mix of fine antique decoys, folk art and collectible waterfowling and hunting items. The vendors are always eager to see what new treasures will be brought to the buy, sell or trade. Visitors are encouraged to bring their decoys in for identification and/or appraisal.

The competition pays tribute to old working decoys while encouraging the carving of new ones. Displayed in the Victor Oristano Meeting Room are the decoys entered by collectors into the "Old Birds" Antique Decoy Competition. Also held in the lobby is the Contemporary Antique Competition which challenges carvers try to emulate the appearance of antique decoys. It is quite interesting to compare the two competitions. This year, the contemporary carvers will be competing with Wood Duck decoys.  The Chesapeake Challenge, a competition for contemporary decoys, takes place in the parking lot.
The front parking lot is full of activities. Chesapeake Challenge participants compete for prizes in floating, shorebird, and woodpecker decoy divisions. There is a Youth competition in all three divisions and they are the first to be judged. There are carving demos and a duck head carving contest in which the participants have 1 1/2 hours to carve a Wood Duck Hen duck head. There are also children’s activities at the Kid's Corner which include many make and take projects and educational nature activities.

Opening Receptions:

The Waterfowling Heritage of Assateague Island Exhibit

“Hunter’s breakfast” reception October 10, 9a.m. – 11a.m. during the 18th Annual Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo

Purchase tickets for the Hunter's Breakfast here

This fall the Ward Museum’s LaMay gallery will feature a look at Assateague’s gunning clubs, decoy makers, trappers, and hunters—as well as the beautiful natural environment that makes Assateague Island’s place in the world of waterfowling unique.

The Henry Fleckenstein Decoy Study Gallery Dedication 2-4 pm

Henry A. Fleckenstein passed away on December 12, 2014 at age 74. Fleckenstein was one of the great characters of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and he loved the Chesapeake region dearly. His work as an author helped to promote appreciation of decoy carving as an art form, and he served as mentor and friend to countless individuals and organizations in the wildfowl carving community. In honor of Henry, The Ward Museum presents the "The Henry Fleckenstein Decoy Study Gallery".