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Ward Museum to Host Annual Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo

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SALISBURY, Md. – Now in its 17th year, the Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo is set to once again celebrate decoys old and new.

The expo, hosted by the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University is planned for Oct. 11.

Vendors are scheduled to turn the museum's parking lot into a market place for buy, sell and trade. Visitors can expect to find antique decoys, collectable hunting items, folk art and outdoors memorabilia.

The public is invited to bring antique decoys for free identification and appraisal.

The museum is also planning its annual Chesapeake Challenge to take place during the expo. In this competition, wildfowl decoys are placed in Schumaker Pond and judged. There are separate contests for shorebirds, woodpeckers and contemporary antique decoys. Those who are 17 and younger can compete in the youth carvers contest.

The event expects competitors to travel from across the country to put their decoys to the test.

The challenge will again include the Carving Out Future Decoy Makers project. Ten master carvers are scheduled to each instruct six students in carving a traditional working decoy to be entered in the competition. The students range in age from young children to grandparents.

The Master Carvers' Forum is planned to take place before the decoy competition to allow the public to interact with carvers during the project.

Collectors can enter decoys carved before 1950 in the “Old Birds” Antique Decoy Competition to be judged on historic value and collectablitiy. This year, antique decoys are to be judged in 10 categories including specific species, regions and carvers.

The museum plans to feature many other activities and crafts for event goers.

Exhibits on display at the Ward Museum are “Lloyd J. Tyler: Folk Artist, Decoy Maker” and “A Most Respectable Bird: The Wild Turkey.” The displays feature the works of “Coy Duck King,” Lloyd J. Tyler, as well as the history and significance of the wild turkey.

Admission for the Wildfowl Expo and museum is free. Those who are interested can learn more by visiting www.wardmuseum.org.

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