Delmarvalous Festival

Saturday, August 13, 2022 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Come celebrate Delmarva culture, decoy carving, traditional arts, and local history! The Ward Museum’s one-of-a-kind, one-day folklife festival is back and in-person this year! (And totally free to attend!)

The Delmarvalous Festival is a fun celebration of Delmarva culture. Join us Saturday, August 13 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Ward Museum. The festival will feature a variety of live music, talks, demonstrations, games, and unique offerings from local artists and makers. Chesapeake Challenge registration is 8 – 10:30 am in the Museum’s backyard. More information to come!

2021 Folklife Area: Culture & Traditions

  • Sandcastle Demonstration with George Zaiser
  • Musical Performances from Ali & Steve Quillen (Folk Music)
  • Poetry with Salisbury Poet Laureate Nancy Mitchell
  • Talk with Helen Elizabeth Raleigh of Story Hill Farm – on restoring habitat to save pollinators with endangered American Heritage Randall Cattle
  • Ceremonial Performance and an opening prayer by the Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians
  • Bladesmithing with J.J. Simon
  • Kite Making with Neal Hooks
  • Distilling with Garrett Neeb
  • Fiber Spinning Demonstration with Terry Tazmino
  • Candle Making Demonstration with Honey Water Candles
  • Musical Performances from Duo Dick Morris & Chris Sajadi (Bluegrass Music)
  • Morning Yoga with Chrissy Ehrart of Zenna Wellness
  • Skipjack Net Weaving with Teddy Daniels
  • Filipino Dance with Marianita Albano
  • Plus Much More!
Swamp Boy
Chief Donna

2022 Chesapeake Challenge

In 2020 the Chesapeake Challenge found a new home in the Delmarvalous Festival! This decades-old tradition includes competition in several categories of decoy making. Decoys can be mailed in or registered that morning starting at 8 AM. The Contemporary Antique bird is a Scoter (any 3 US species) for 2022. And yes, there is a YOUTH division! Just note youth on your form if you are mailing in your youth’s decoys!

Click here to download the registration form. Click here to read the rules!

Delmarvalous Collections: Roadtrip Delmarva

For 2022, cruise on into the Ward Museum parking lot and show off your classic or antique car! Registration form coming soon!

2021 Folklife Area: Vendors

Baywater Farm
Honey Water Candles
Marshall Creek Farm

If you’d like to be a vendor at the Delmarvalous Festival click here to download the form. To be a part of the 2021 festival email

Baywater Farms

Lower Shore Land Trust

Marshall Creek Farm

Honey Water Candles

Anchor Wood Creations

Hard Sun Clay

Fun Family Games: Hungry Gull, Chicken & Waffles, Duck Pond, Duck Butt Bowling, and Corn Hole

And more!

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors:

Disney Sand & Gravel LLC

Vulcan Materials Company

Johnson Seed & Feed

Maryland State Arts Council

Maryland Traditions

Rich Smoker

Ross Smoker

Salisbury University

Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council

Sam’s Club

Susan K. Black Foundation

Ugly Pie


Chincoteague Decoy Carvers & Artists Association

Friends of George R. Root

Karl & Deb Yankey