World Championship

The 2020 Ward World Championship has been canceled due to growing concerns over Covid- 19/Coronavirus.  Please read the statement below.  Please save the date for April 23-25, 2021.

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Worlds 2020 Cancelation Release For Email (002)

50th Anniversary of the Ward World Championship
Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
Roland E. Powell Convention Center
Ocean City, MD

April 23, 24 & 25, 2021


Thursday, Registration 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  
Artist After Hours (The Ocean City Center for the Arts) 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Living Legends Award Presentation and Dinner  5:30 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
World Class Art and Carving Benefit Auction (Performing Arts Center) 2 p.m.
Award ceremony(Performing Arts Center) 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

Living Legends Dinner Tickets:  $65 for members, $75 for non-members

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 over 40 different divisions in which an artist can compete–decorative life-size and miniature wildfowl, floating waterfowl, interpretive, gunning decoys, contemporary antiques, sculpture, and feathers & fronds. New this year is an open wood carving category and Fish carving returns!

  • 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.
  • Bid on one-of-a-kind carvings and artwork from renowned wildlife artists at the Saturday afternoon benefit auction.
  • 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.
  • View live birds of prey 
  • Don’t miss the Chesapeake Mermaid on Saturday!
  • In our Collectors’ Corner will be the “Old Bird” Antique Decoy Competition – Bring your favorite collectible that was carved prior to 1950 and compete for an “Old Bird” People’s Choice!
  • And more wonderful happening to be announced as this is the 50th Annual Show!!

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.

Become a Competitor  Benefit Auction  Schedule of Events

Classes, Seminars, & Workshops  Accommodations  Become an Exhibitor

Volunteer Application

Updated volunteer application coming soon. 

(Changing the dates form 2020 to 2021)