Tuesday, March 19, 2013

East Coast Decoy Collectors to invade St. Michaels, Maryland!

Decoy Collector’s Club announces 16th annual buy-sell-swap to be held 
April 12th & 13th at the Best Western in St. Michaels

Decoy collectors from up and down the eastern seaboard will meet in St. Michaels, Maryland, when the East Coast Decoy Collectors (ECDC) gather to hold their annual buy-sell-swap meet on Friday and Saturday, April 12th and 13th at the St. Michaels Motor Inn (Best Western). Most out-of-town collectors with carloads of duck and goose decoys as well as waterfowling artifacts will arrive Thursday April 11th for set-up. This is an open door; room-to-room event held rain or shine where collectors exchange a variety of regional decoys, either with cash or barter. Besides sell/swap decoys, membership is encouraged to bring a few “favorite decoys” for display. Four national auction houses take this opportunity to show preview decoys in their rooms for upcoming auctions. Decoy Magazine and H&F Collectibles, the two periodicals that service the decoy collecting community, also have representatives on premise. The public is welcome – free decoy identification and appraisals are provided. Tailgaters who are ECDC members will also be on premise.

In conjunction with this event, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host a Friday evening reception (5:30-8:00 PM) to celebrate the opening of a display featuring Crisfield Maryland decoys entitled “CRISFIELD CARVINGS – Bird Hunting on Broad Waters.” This display, as displays in year’s past, feature some of the finest waterfowling decoys made.....and are from the private collections of ECDC membership.

ECDC is an organization that promotes decoy collecting. They explore the history of duck, goose and shorebird decoys, the identification and background of their makers, plus collect and discuss related waterfowling items of interest. The ECDC board is comprised of representatives from the Potomac, New Jersey, Long Island, Delaware Valley, Upstate New York and Carolina Decoy Collector associations.

For more information, call Jim Trimble (703) 768-7264 or (302) 539-4606 or John Clayton 410-745-2955. Email: potomacduck@cox.net

Also mark your calendar for the J. Evans McKinney Old Decoy Contest
The 11th annual J. Evans McKinney Old Decoy Contest to be held in conjunction with the 2013 Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival will be held Saturday, May 4th at the Middle School Gym. Entries will be accepted at the stage area from 10:00 a.m. until judging at noon. Joe Engers, Editor & Publisher of Decoy Magazine will head up a three-member judge’s panel. Participants must make a best faith effort to assure that all decoy entries were made prior to 1950. 

Each decoy will be limited to one category competition only. Matched pairs entered in other than a Matched Pair category will be considered as one entry. There is a competition ban, regardless of category, on last year’s winning birds. Competition decoys will be kept in a highly visible roped-off secure area and will not be handled by the public. At approximately 1:00p.m., the public will be invited to review the roped off and secured tables once the judges have made their selections. A blue ribbon will be awarded for each of the following ten category winners. The three-judge panel will also select a best in show winner. Winners will be requested to display their decoys and ribbons at the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum for a three month period.

1. Best Upper Bay Goose
2. Best Ben or Joe Dye Decoy
3. Best Jim Currier Canvasback
4. Best John Graham/Family Decoy
5. Best Holly Family Decoy
6. Best Hoopers Island Merganser
7. Best “Oldest” Wooden Decoy from the Mid-Atlantic Region
8. Best Virginia Bluebill
9. Delaware River Black Duck
10. Best Unknown
There will be no restrictions as to those who can participate or number of categories entered; however participants are restricted to no more than three birds per category. Competition issues will be resolved at the sole discretion of the competition chairman and/or competition chief judge. Any questions, please contact contest chairman Jim Trimble at 703-768-7264 or potomacduck@cox.net

Decoys are considered America's finest folk art form!

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