Bookmark and Share


If you find incorrect information or missing contact details. Please click here

49th Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival

Bookmark and Share
Location Ocean City
Dates April 26, 2019 - April 28, 2019

From 49th Annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival Website:

49th Annual Ward World Championship
Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival

Roland E. Powell Convention Center
Ocean City, MD

April 26, 27, & 28, 2019

Hours: Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Living Legends Award Presentation (Performing Arts Center) 5 p.m.
Living Legends Dinner at The Grand Hotel 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
World Class Art and Carving Benefit Auction (Performing Arts Center) 2 p.m.
Award ceremony(Performing Arts Center) 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

The World Championship is an international event where carvers, collectors, and visitors convene at the end of each April in Ocean City, MD. From highly decorative works of art to functional hunting decoys, about 1200 different wildfowl carvings representing more than 150 species from around the world can be viewed at the premiere, most prestigious competition in the world. Competitors of all levels--from youth to world champions--compete against their peers for the chance to win a portion of nearly $60,000 in prize money, as well as other recognition including ribbons, medallions, plaques and trophies. There are over 40 different divisions in which an artist can compete--decorative life-size and miniature wildfowl, floating waterfowl, interpretive, gunning decoys, contemporary antiques, sculpture, and for the this years years competition, feathers and fronds.

See the World's best wildfowl art!
Attend seminars and classes by master carvers for artists of all skill levels. Shop from a wide variety of vendors for fine art work, home decorating items, folk art, photography, jewelry, sporting goods or carving and art supplies.
Watch live birds of prey demonstrations.
Bid on one-of-a-kind carvings and artwork from renowned wildlife artists at the Saturday afternoon benefit auction.
Enjoy bird and pony watching on a sunset cruise on the bay.
Bring the children to Kid's Corner to create fun make-and-take projects.
Stroll the boardwalk of the convention center while watching artfully carved decoys floating on the bay.

With your multi-day event pass, there's plenty to do at the Ward World Championship, all within a convenient walk or OC bus ride from your beach hotel.
Event WebsiteSign Up To Be A Member
Show hoursFri 10-5, Sat 9-5, Sun 10-4
Public Admission PriceMulti-Day Pass: $10 Seniors & Students - $8 Children under 12 free (with adult) Group rate for 6 or more: $6 per person
Year #49
Maps and Directions (from Google Maps)
For ended craft show, fairs and festivals, please go to our archive page.