World Championship

Ward World Championship
Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
April 22, 23 & 24, 2022

Join us for our 50th in Ocean City, Maryland at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center

Show Hours:

  • Registration
    • Thursday, April 21 from 11 a.m to 8 p.m.
    • Friday, April 22 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Show Hours
    • Friday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Living Legend Award Dinner at the Grand Hotel (Dinner Ticket Required) 5:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Benefit Auction 2 p.m.
      • Award Ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
      • 50th Celebration following the Awards Ceremony
    • Sunday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


  • Multi-Day Pass $10
  • Seniors and Students $8
  • Children 12 and under free (if accompanied by an adult)

Join us for competitions, classes, demos, lectures and so much more! A full schedule coming soon!

Thank you to our sponsors!


Maryland Heritage Area Authority
Maryland State Arts Council
Maryland Traditions
National Endowment for the Arts
Salisbury University
Worcester County Arts Council
Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council

Individual Sponsors

Jeff Bounds and Marg Bounds 
   Master Medallions in memory of their parents, Charles and Eleanor Bounds

Habbart Dean Memorial Fund
A. Danner Frazer Memorial awards for the Youth Division

Lew and Nancy Pearce
Champagne Waterfowl Division in memory of Nancy’s father, Gordon Diefenbach

Gary and Pam Stenger
Registration fees for YD and YG Divisions in Youth Competition

Josh and Laura Guge
Bob Guge Memorial award for the Best Novice Songbird

Karl and Deb Yankey
General Ward World Championship Sponsors

Dr. Kent Kimmel and Dr. Ruth Carroll
Novice Division Sponsor

Jack Cox
Intermediate Divison Sponsor

Supporting Organizations

Chincoteague Decoy Carvers and Artist Association
Delmarva Decoy Collectors Association
Guyette and Deeter
MDI Wood Carvers Supply
Midshore Chapter of Delta Waterfowl
Ocean City Accomodations
Ocean City Center for the Arts
Salisbury University Foundation
Sharp Gas and Energy

Ward World Championship Sponsorship Opportunities

The Ward World Championship is the premier carving competition in the World and this is your opportunity to associate your name with this prestigious event.

With the goal of continuing this quality show while at the same time keeping the costs down for the carver, the Ward Foundation is seeking sponsors for the various divisions of the competition, special awards, and educational elements of the Education Conference.

As a sponsor, your name will reach over 50,000 individuals per year through mailings, Web site visits, show attendance, and media outreach.

Please call 410-742-4988, ext. 106 to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

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