Cleveland-area decoy show coming in March
The Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association is holding its 42nd annual Vintage Decoys and Wildlife Art Show and Sale on Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 15471 Royalton Road, Strongsville, Ohio.
Vintage and contemporary decoys, fish decoys and tackle, hunting and fishing memorabilia, and wildlife art can be found throughout the weekend in room-to-room sales and the ballroom.
The show also hosts 23 carving and flat art contests, and more than $11,000 in cash prizes.
New this year on Saturday is the Delta Waterfowl North Central Ohio Championship and its $400 purchase award sponsorship. In this IWCA Working Decoy Singles contest, decoys are judged for simplicity, durability, and practicality. Visitors can watch as the entries are placed upside down in a water-filled tank and are judged how they self-right and mimic the actual species.
“When it comes to hunting-style decoys, these are the best of the best,” said Bob Lund of the ODCCA.
And on Sunday, more than 200 hunting-style decoys and rigs will be judged in the Holiday Inn pool, where many are purchased poolside directly from carvers.
Artists from throughout the USA and Canada, kids to adults, beginners to professionals, enter their hand-carved and painted duck decoys, fish decoys, shorebirds, owls, hawks and marsh critters. More than 600 entries were on display last year.
Known as a family-friendly show, adults and kids can watch hands-on carving and painting demonstrations throughout the weekend. ODCCA also is the official host for the Ohio Junior Federal Duck Stamp contest and the entries will be judged and on display at the show.
The Saturday auction begins at 4:30 p.m.
Weekend admission is $5 and includes a collectible show button designed by two-time Federal Duck Stamp winner, Adam Grimm. Children 17 and under, and ODCCA members are free. ODCCA is a registered non-profit. For more information, visit www.odcca.net or contact Bob Lundwoodcountydecoy@gmail.com.