Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo

    21th Annual Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo

Saturday, October 13, 2018

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!

PopPop and Uncle Steve: Life with the Ward Brothers

10:00 am – 11:00 am
The morning of Expo join Tommy Linton (Lem Ward’s grandson)  and Lora Bottinelli (outgoing Ward Foundation Executive Director) for a conversation about his life with the Ward Brothers.  From growing up on Sackertown Rd to the national and international recognition of his family’s work, Tommy will share his memories and experiences of life with Lem and Steve Ward.

Exciting Marketplace

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. 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. Don’t miss out on the carving demos! There are also children’s activities at the Kid’s Corner which include many make and take projects and educational nature activities.

Friday, October 12, 2018

50th Anniversary Golden Goose Reception & Auction

Join past and present supporters for a signature reception starting at 5 p.m. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, spirits, beer, and wine. Live auction begins at 6:30 p.m.

$50 for Members & SU
$65 for Non-Members

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