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Antique Decoy Competition

Easton High School

723 Mecklenburg Ave

Blue Bus Line

Entries displayed throughout the Festival
Registration: 10am – 4:30pm Friday


Sam Dyke Memorial
“Old Bird” Antique Decoy Competition

Sponsored by the Delmarva Decoy Collectors Association

Here is a chance to display a favorite decoy or two from your collections and perhaps take home a ribbon! Working decoys made prior to 1950 will be judged in the following ten categories:

A. Best Cobb Island Decoy
B. Best Dorchester County Decoy
C. Best Ward Brothers Mallard Drake Decoy
D. Best Cecil County Decoy
E. Best Wood Duck Decoy

F. Best Elliot Brothers’ Decoy
G. Best John Smith Decoy
H. Best Virginia Shorebird Decoy
I. Best Charles Birch Decoy
J. Best Hartford County Decoy

To enter this competition, you must:

  • Personally register your decoys between 10 am and 4:30 pm on Friday, November 10, 2023
    • Location: Easton High School Cafeteria: Artifacts Exhibit
  • Entry fee: Free, donations encouraged
  • Enter only single working decoys. No pairs.
  • Agree to display entries at the Ward Foundation table during the Easton Waterfowl Festival, allowing entries to be photographed for the Ward Foundation and those photos to be shared.

The winners in each category, as well as the Best in Show decoys, will be determined by a panel of three impartial judges.


Judging will take place on Saturday, November 11, 2023. Winners will be given ribbons, photographed, and displayed on the Ward Foundation table during the Easton Waterfowl Festival.


All decoys should be picked up between 3:00 and 4:00 pm on Sunday, November 12, 2023.


For more information, email Kristie Clattenburg at

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