March 17, 2018 - SATURDAY Only
Rappahannock Decoy Carvers and Collectors Guild Carving Contest

At the Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show
Registration of entries -

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Friday March 16, 2018​

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM on Saturday March 17, 2018

Virginia Hunter Skills Weekend  - September 14-16, 2018


at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center near Appomattox is an excellent opportunity to come try and learn a variety of outdoor skills – no experience is necessary! Three 4-hour hands-on workshop sessions provide skills development for new and seasoned hunters alike and class offerings change with each event.  This April’s event includes long-range rifle shooting, reloading ammunition and predator hunting as well as the customary offerings of basic shotgun, upland game bird shooting skills, deer hunting skills, wild game cooking, bowhunting and 11 others.  Class sizes are limited and are “first-come first-served” so early registration is recommended. 

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge Friends Group will cosponsor the fifth annual Go Wild! festival on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM - 4:00.  The event will be held at the Hutchinson Tract in Essex, Virginia, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over the past 5 years, this event has evolve to include many participatory events for kids and adults alike such as the archery exhibit, the tram rides, the bluebird house building event and many more. 

Events

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The 39th Annual Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show is set for March 17 and 18 at the  new White Stone Firehouse.

A wide variety of wildfowl art including original paintings, prints, decorative carvings, working decoys, folk art carvings, photography, bronze sculpture, jewelry and carving supplies will be available. Sixty-five exhibitors from 8 states will be participating.

Color prints of a new painting by Artist of the Year, Steve Rogers of Lewes, DE will be given away each day to show visitors. The painting depicts the menhaden boat, Rappahannock, the fished out of the Taft factory in White Stone in the 1930‘s. The Preview Night door prize is an original carving by Bill Chrisman of Rocky Mount, VA.

The weekend door prize is an original carving by Chris Martin of Church Hill, MD. Some of the other exhibitors include Vince Ciesielski of Harrisburg, PA, Art LaMay of Palm Coast, FL, Jim Wilson of Yorktown, Tim Donovan of Lovettsville, Wayne Baker of Richmond, Chuck Robertson of Linville Falls, NC, BIll Bolin of Midlothian, David Turner of Onley, Diane Jackson of Montross, Jim Britton of Reedville, Ed Hind of Heathsville, Dick Cook of Topping, Jane Partin of South Chesterfield and Mathews, Guy Crittenden of Richmond, and Charles Jobes of Havre de Grace, MD.

 The first, second and third place winners in the 2018 Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp contest will be on display for the first time all weekend.

The Best in Show entries from the 2017 Federal Junior Duck Stamp program will be displayed in a special exhibit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, who will also have an exhibit at the show.

 The Rappahannock Carvers Guild will have their annual wildfowl carving contest on Sat, March 17. Judging will begin at 11:00 in the White Stone Women’s Club building across the street from the firehouse.

  The Northern Neck Audubon Society will have a special display and sell bluebird boxes.

Sponsors of the show are W.F. Booth and Son, Inc for the show prints, Virginia Commonwealth Bank, Rappahannock Rentals, Davis Auto Sales and Service. Inc., Coloryn Studio, Currie Funeral Home, and Willaby’s Catering.

 Lunch is available both days with a special area for eating.

The show’s hours are 10 to 5 on Saturday, March 17 and 10 to 4 on Sunday, March 18. Admission is $8 and is good for both days, children under 12 are admitted free with an adult. All proceeds benefit the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department. Shuttle service will be available from the parking area behind to former firehouse.

For more information visit the web site www.rrws.org , e-mail  info@rrws.org , or call 804-435-6355 or 804-787-3119.

The 39th Annual Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show is set for March 17 and 18 at the  new White Stone Firehouse. A wide variety of wildfowl art including original paintings, prints, decorative carvings, working decoys, folk art carvings, photography, bronze sculpture, jewelry and carving supplies will be available. Sixty-five exhibitors from 8 states will be participating.

Color prints of a new painting by Artist of the Year, Steve Rogers of Lewes, DE will be given away each day to show visitors. The painting depicts the menhaden boat, Rappahannock, the fished out of the Taft factory in White Stone in the 1930‘s. The Preview Night door prize is an original carving by Bill Chrisman of Rocky Mount, VA.

The weekend door prize is an original carving by Chris Martin of Church Hill, MD. Some of the other exhibitors include Vince Ciesielski of Harrisburg, PA, Art LaMay of Palm Coast, FL, Jim Wilson of Yorktown, Tim Donovan of Lovettsville, Wayne Baker of Richmond, Chuck Robertson of Linville Falls, NC, BIll Bolin of Midlothian, David Turner of Onley, Diane Jackson of Montross, Jim Britton of Reedville, Ed Hind of Heathsville, Dick Cook of Topping, Jane Partin of South Chesterfield and Mathews, Guy Crittenden of Richmond, and Charles Jobes of Havre de Grace, MD.

The first, second and third place winners in the 2018 Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp contest will be on display for the first time all weekend.

The Best in Show entries from the 2017 Federal Junior Duck Stamp program will be displayed in a special exhibit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, who will also have an exhibit at the show.

The Rappahannock Carvers Guild will have their annual wildfowl carving contest on Sat, March 17. Judging will begin at 11:00 in the White Stone Women’s Club building across the street from the firehouse.

 The Virginia Waterfowler’s Association will again have a special area for children, ages 6 and up, to “Paint-a-Decoy” on Saturday and Sunday. The Northern Neck Audubon Society will have a special display and sell bluebird boxes.

Sponsors of the show are W.F. Booth and Son, Inc for the show prints, Virginia Commonwealth Bank, Rappahannock Rentals, Davis Auto Sales and Service. Inc., Coloryn Studio, Currie Funeral Home, and Willaby’s Catering.

 Lunch is available both days with a special area for eating.

 The show’s hours are 10 to 5 on Saturday, March 17 and 10 to 4 on Sunday, March 18. Admission is $8 and is good for both days, children under 12 are admitted free with an adult. All proceeds benefit the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department. Shuttle service will be available from the parking area behind to former firehouse.

For more information visit the web site www.rrws.org , e-mail  info@rrws.org , or call 804-435-6355 or 804-787-3119.Type your paragraph here.

Learn to carve your own decoy or sharpen your carving skills!
Beginners Welcome!        Carving experience not needed!


Instruction and Kits provided by carver Ed Morrison.
About the Instructor
Ed Morrison lives in Virginia Beach, VA. He has been carving since 1982 and teaching carving classes for over 20 years. He is a member of the Back Bay Wildfowl Guild and the Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild. His working style decoys are carved using knives, spoke shaves, and rasps to help preserve the traditional way of decoy making at a time when the trend is toward power carving.

The Decoy:

  • First time carvers will carve and paint a Canvasback, one of the most popular of all decoys.
  • Returning students will carve and paint a decoy of their choice.
  • Decoys will be carved from Tupelo, a favored decoy wood.
  • Head position can be straight or turned, and some feather detail can be carved in.
  • Decoys will be carved using knives and rasps. All tools provided, personal tools welcomed.