Ward World Championship

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The 2022 Hybrid Ward World Championship (April 22-24)

Experience this historic competition in exciting new ways in 2022. Enjoy world-class carvings across dozens of categories, art classes across all skill levels, free admission to the Museum all weekend long, and a benefit art auction at this year’s Ward World Championship. Held in Salisbury at the Ward Museum, we invite you to visit in-person or watch the competition’s livestream from home in this exciting weekend-long event!

[Click here for information about competing in the 2022 championship. All entries must be received by 4pm Thursday, April 21]

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Viewing the Competition

This year, we invite guests to watch the competition both in-person and online. The ‘floating’ portion will be held outside on the Museum’s lawn with designated spectating areas for people to watch both the judges and birds in action.

Additionally, you can follow along from home as portions of the judging and competition will be streamed live on our Facebook page.

Not every category will be shown on the livestream. A schedule of judging, and which categories you can watch will be made available at a later time.

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Art/Carving Classes

Classes of all types will be held in-person and virtually (over Zoom) all week long. Designed for all skill levels, classes run from Tuesday, April 19 through Sunday, April 24.

Pre-registration is required for all classes on a first-come, first-served basis. Payments can be paid online, through the mail, over the phone, or in person at the Ward Museum.

Those who rolled over their class payments from 2020 are still enrolled in their class. Those who were refunded payments are not enrolled in any class.

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Decoy & Wildfowl Art Auctions

The Ward World Championship has long hosted the Benefit Art Auction, an auction of wildfowl art for amateur and veteran collectors alike. This auction, which supports the Ward Foundation—including efforts toward an in-person show in 2023—is being held in two unique formats this year.

An in-person silent auction will take place at the Ward Museum from April 21 – April 23 and will include some highly collectible decoys and other forms of wildfowl art.

An online auction will also be held to auction off the winning carvings from this year’s champagne division – a rare opportunity to own a piece of Worlds history. This auction will not begin until after judging is complete on Saturday, April 23.

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Missing your favorite vendors and exhibitors from the Ward World Championship? Us too! While we won’t have our usual exhibitors this year, you can still shop from them year-round by visiting our Exhibitors Page.


Thank You 2022 Hybrid Ward World Championship
Supporters & Sponsors!

Jeff Bounds
Marg Bounds
Dan Burgette
Chincoteague Decoy Carvers & Artists Assoc.
Tom Christie
Jack Cox
Patrick Eubanks
“Fishing From the Shore”
Carl Guay
Dr. Kent Kimmel & Dr. Ruth Carroll
Maryland State Arts Council
Maryland Traditions
Midshore Chapter of Delta Waterfowl

Peter Palumbo
Lew & Nancy Pearce
Salisbury University
Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council
Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development
Sharp Gas & Energy
Shelltown Women’s Carving Club
Rich Smoker Heritage Award Fund
Ross Smoker
Gary & Pam Stenger
C. John Sullivan
Taylor & Sons Pile Driving
Worcester County Arts Council


General Sponsors:


Maryland State Arts Council
Maryland Traditions
Salisbury University
Worcester County Arts Council
Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council

Salisbury Wicomico Economic Development

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
HomeLight
MDI Wood Carvers Supply
Midshore Chapter of Delta Waterfowl
Ocean City Accomodations
Art League of Ocean City
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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