22nd Annual Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo
Saturday, October 12, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Rain or Shine
The crisp, clear fall air and beautiful grounds of the museum will once again set the stage for a day of excitement, anticipation, and socialization among decoy collectors and carvers from across the country. Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo pays tribute to decoys from the past while encouraging the carving of new ones. Admission to the event and museum is free!
The front parking lot and John A. Luetkemeyer and Thomas F. Mullan, Jr. Legacy Center are transformed into a festive marketplaces. More than thirty vendors will participate in the buying, selling and trading of an eclectic mix of fine antique decoys, folk art and collectible waterfowling and hunting items. The vendors are always eager to see what new treasures will be brought to the buy, sell or trade. Visitors are encouraged to bring their decoys in for identification and/or appraisal
The competition pays tribute to old working decoys while encouraging the carving of new ones. Displayed the inside the Museum are the decoys entered by collectors into the “Old Birds” Antique Decoy Competition. Also held inside is the Contemporary Antique Competition which challenges carvers try to emulate the appearance of antique decoys. It is quite interesting to compare the two competitions.
The front parking lot is full of activities, from the Buy, Sell and Trade vendors, to children’s games and Fall Festival activities for the whole family. In the backyard the Chesapeake Challenge participants compete for prizes in floating, shorebird, and woodpecker decoy divisions. There is a Youth competition in all three divisions and they are the first to be judged. There will also be carving demos! And don’t miss out on Quack or Treat! Children come in costume and Quack or Treat through the galleries of the Museum! You can even paint or carve a pumpkin!