Ohio’s Sandusky Bay Region has long been hotbed for waterfowl decoys, whether it’s displaying the intricately carved blocks on the mantel or hoping they’ll lure mallards or canvasback ducks to hunters lurking in the plentiful marshes around Ottawa County.
For many waterfowlers, the popular winter decoy shows have been a reason for sportsmen to get together, admire the beautiful decorative decoys and talk about wonderful days in the marsh. This month, the two largest shows in Ohio will not only be back in action after taking time off for Covid-19, but will team up for a bigger splash than ever before.
The Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association, which was created 43 years ago in the Cleveland area, will move to the Holiday Inn South in Independence, just south of Cleveland, on Saturday and Sunday, March 19-20. Also setting up shop with them will be the Vintage Decoys & Wildlife Art Show and Sale.
The show hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. The hotel ballroom will be filled with vendors all weekend, and decoy judging will take place at the hotel swimming pool. Seminars will be featured starting on Friday at 9 a.m., with a Kids’ Painting Contest at 7 p.m., as well as a Meet and Greet and a Buy & Sell session in the hotel ballroom.
The Ohio Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition will be held on Friday morning starting at 8 a.m. in the hotel ballroom, but will be closed to the public. The shows are open to the public at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
For show details, visit odcca.net.