Delmarvalous Festival

August 14, 2021

Come celebrate Delmarva Culture, Decoy Carving, Traditional Arts, and Local History!

The Ward Museum’s one-of-a-kind, one-day folklife festival returned in 2020 by popular demand, as an all-new hybrid in-person/online event. Below you’ll find links to highlights from the event, and find the names of the winners of the Chesapeake Challenge Decoy Contest.

Folklife Area: Culture & Traditions

We are currently scheduling activities for our 2021 in person festival! Please watch for updated information to come!

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

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 8AM. The Contemporary Antique bird is a Gull (any and all species) for 2021. 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 is you need the rules!

Delmarvalous Collections: Antique Decoys

Hey Decoy Collectors! There will be an Antique Decoy Contest at Delmarvalous this year! All entries should be made prior to 1950 and will be judged in the categories listed below.  You can personally enter your decoy(s) between 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. at the Ward Museum. A pair counts as a single entry. By entering, you agree, should your decoy win first in any category, that it will be on loan to the Ward Foundation for exhibit at the Ward Museum for up to six months. Click here for the Entry Form and fee information.

Delmarvalous Festival Poster