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Salisbury, MD 21804
410.742.4988

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

45th Annual Ward World Championship 

45th Annual Ward World Championship
Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival

Roland E. Powell Convention Center
Ocean City, MD

April 24, 25 & 26, 2015

With more than 570 competitors entering more than 1200 carvings, the 45th Annual Ward World Championship was by all accounts, a great success. The competition continues to attract the top wildfowl carvers from around the globe. Past World Champions include Decorative Life-size Wildfowl winner Larry Barth Bohemian for his Waxwing and Shootin' Rig winner Pat Godin for Redhead & Canvasbacks.

The Ward Museum kept the new award at the World Championship for the third year in a row.  The Living Legends award was created to honor those who have been long time advocates for wildfowl art and the Ward Museum, generous in spirit and commitment to teaching others and passing on their knowledge, skills and individual talents and have created an impact on the field of wildfowl art and/or the Ward World Championship.  Inaugural recipients of the Living Legends award included Bill Veasey from Elkton, Maryland, Bob Sutton from Arkansas, and Pat Godin from Brantford, Ontario, Canada.

The international appeal of the World Championship remains strong as competitors from across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, and Argentina continue to flock to Ocean City to attend classes taught by the world’s best wildfowl carvers and compete for top honors.

The Ward World Championship stands as a testament to the hard work and commitment of the volunteers and carvers who return each year with the intent of continuing the traditions of wildfowl carving.

Congratulations to all of the winners of the 2015 Ward World Championship!

Please be sure to join us next year for the 46th Annual Ward World Championship, to be held April 22-24, 2016