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January/February 2003

ODCCA announces categories
for 2003 Vintage Decoy Competition

The Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association will hold a Vintage Decoy Competition, as usual, on Saturday, during their annual show at the Westlake Holiday Inn in Westlake, Ohio on March 14-16, 2003. There are 14 categories this year, representing a wide variety of collecting interests. All entries must be working decoys made prior to 1960 unless otherwise noted and pairs constitute a single entry. Previous year’s winners cannot be entered the following two years. Two entries are allowed per person per category. Absentee entries are not accepted. Ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place and the Best of Show winner will receive the Kangas Award plague, named after long-time Ohio collectors Gene and Linda Kangas. The winners will remain on display throughout the day and the public will be encouraged to vote for a “Peoples Choice Award.” Only ODCCA members and their families may participate.

Categories for the ODCCA 2003 Vintage Decoy Competition

  1. Delaware River diver
  2. Pratt factory diver
  3. Nichol family puddle duck
  4. William Bowman shorebird
  5. Factory/Non-Factory working ringneck
  6. Michigan canvasback (non-factory/non-balsa)
  7. East Coast merganser - south of New Jersey
  8. Gus Moak canvasback
  9. Mason Challenge puddle duck
  10. Tom Chambers puddle duck
  11. Ben Schmidt redhead
  12. Field Decoy/Stick-up
  13. California puddle duck
  14. Joe Wooster carving (any age)

Old Decoy Contest planned
for Havre de Grace festival

The 1st annual Old Decoy Contest, to be held in conjunction with the 2003 Havre de Grace Decoy & Wildlife Art Festival, is scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2002 at the Middle School gym. Entries for the ten categories will be accepted at the stage area from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Joe Engers, Editor & Publisher of Decoy Magazine, will head up a three-member judges panel that will select a blue ribbon winner for each category and pick a Best of Show winner.

The competition is open to all decoy collectors. Participants are asked to enter only decoys made prior to 1950. Each decoy will be limited to one category. Matched pairs will be considered as one entry. After the judges have picked the winners, the decoys will be available for viewing throughout the day, however they will be kept in a roped-off secure area and will not be handled by the public. Winners will be requested to display their decoys and ribbons at the Havre de Grace Museum for a three-month period.

For more information, contact the Old Decoy Contest chairman, Jim Trimble, at (703) 768-7264 or email for information at potomacduck@cox.net.

  • Best Upper Bay canvasback
  • Best Upper Bay matched pair
  • Best Upper Bay canvasback with a brand
  • Best Jim Holly decoy
  • Best wooden wing duck
  • Best Eastern Shore bluebill
  • Best New Jersey brant
  • Best Chincoteague merganser
  • Best Back Bay VA/NC diver
  • Best Unknown