Decoy show a fine after duck season pick me up

Perhaps no other branch of the noble tradition of hunting pays as much homage to lore and heritage as duck hunting, and one of the great annual gatherings to remember same comes to northeast Ohio March 11 to13.

It is the annual meeting of the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association, this year to be held at the Holiday Inn Strongsville, 15471 Royalton Rd., Strongsville, OH 44136, southwest of Cleveland.

If you are unfamiliar with this well-attended show, but are the type of individual who can stare at a weathered old decoy and put yourself inside a classic painting — imagining yourself as the hip-deep waterfowler pictured, hunched over his blocks in a steel-gray, sleet-snow Nor’easter (because you have been there, done that) – then this may be the post-season destination for you.

Decoys, from those with highly valued, historic provenance to blocks freshly carved for competition, are the centerpiece of the show but by no means the sole subject. A packed program begins Friday, March 11, with final judging of the junior duck stamp competition and painting seminars, and contest registrations.

The actual show — with dealers and swap-and-sell concessions, flat art exhibits, and carving demonstrations — runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 12, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 13. A swim and sell decoy party is set for Friday evening, a live auction and cocktail party Saturday evening, and a shorebird and decoy auction Sunday afternoon. This is a lot more, all revolving around waterfowling heritage and tradition.

Further details and hotel reservation information are available on-line at https://www.odcca.net/show-info.html. The ODCCA also is seeking volunteers to help staff the show. Email ODCCA show-veteran Bob Lund at woodcountydecoy@msn.com or call 419-874-3671.

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