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909 South Schumaker Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804

Museum Hours

Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

45th Annual Ward World Championship 

Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival

Roland E. Powell Convention Center
Ocean City, MD

April 24, 25 & 26, 2015

Hours: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Award ceremony, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: Multi-Day Pass: $10
Seniors & Students - $8
Children under 12 free (with adult)
Group rate for 6 or more: $6 per person


The World Championship is an international event where carvers, collectors, and visitors convene at the end of each April in Ocean City, MD.  From highly decorative works of art to functional hunting decoys, about 1200 different wildfowl carvings representing more than 150 species from around the world  can be viewed at the premiere, most prestigious competition in the world.  Competitors of all levels--from youth to world champions--compete against their peers for the chance to win a portion of nearly $60,000 in prize money, as well as other recognition including ribbons, medallions, plaques and trophies. There are 39 different divisions in which an artist can compete--decorative life-size and miniature wildfowl, floating waterfowl, interpretive, gunning decoys, contemporary antiques and sculpture to name a few.
  • See the World's best wildfowl art!
  • Attend seminars and classes by master carvers for artists of all skill levels. 
  • Shop from a wide variety of vendors for fine art work, home decorating items, folk art, photography, jewelry, sporting goods or carving and art supplies. 
  • Watch live birds of prey demonstrations by Skyhunters in Flight.
  • Bid on one-of-a-kind carvings and artwork from renowned wildlife artists at the Saturday afternoon benefit auction.
  • Enjoy bird and pony watching on a sunset cruise on the bay.
  • Bring the children to Kid's Corner to create fun make-and-take projects.
  • Stroll the boardwalk of the convention center while watching artfully carved decoys floating on the bay.

With your multi-day event pass, there's plenty to do at the Ward World Championship, all within a convenient walk or OC bus ride from your beach hotel.

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, will recognize artists Patrick Godin, Robert Sutton and William Veasey with its Living Legend Award for 2015.The presentation will take place Friday,April 24from 5-8pm, at Harrison’s Harbor Watch Restaurant in Ocean City, MD, following the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival.

Click here to order your Living Legends Tickets online. Don't want to order your tickets online? Print out this order form and send it to the museum.