The Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers & Collectors Guild invites you to attend and to participate in our 35TH ANNUAL WILDFOWL FESTIVAL to be held :
FRI, OCT. 5TH - SUN OCT. 7TH
OUR FESTIVAL THIS YEAR WILL BE DEDICATED TO THE MEMORY OF MR. CHARLES FRANK, FOUNDER OF LWCCG .
Festival "2012 Rules Book" for carving competition, Vendor Table
applications, etc. are available for downloading by clicking read
The Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers & Collectors Guild
Welcomes You to Our Website
The Louisiana Wildfowl Carvers & Collectors Guild is a nonprofit organization dedicated not only to the preservation of Louisiana Wetlands, but the tradition of Decoy Carving, which is part of the culture of Southern Louisiana. Decoy Carving is one of the first truly American Art forms & Louisiana has always been at the forefront of this tradition.
Modern decoy carving began approximately 50 years ago when carvers and collectors realized that their Creations served more than a utilitarian purpose; but were true works of art. This began not only the desire to create more lifelike carvings, but to see who was best. Again, Louisiana was at the fore front with early innovators like Jimmy Vizzier, Tan Burnette, Charles & Ruddy Hutchison and many more.
LWCCG now over 40 years old was the second show in the country dedicated
to this art form. There are more World Champion and Master Carvers from
Louisiana than any other state.
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and almost brought this
organization to an end. Approximately three fourths of the officers and
board members lost their homes and belongings to Katrina, many of whom
moved out of State. While Katrina had taken our homes and property, we
were not willing to let it take our culture. After three years, we
realized that this organization and the Louisiana Culture which it
supports was too important to let fail. While it has been a difficult
struggle to re-organize, things are finally falling into place.
The LWCCG will hold its 35th Festival and Competition at the Castine
Center located in Pelican Park in Mandeville, Louisiana. Hundreds of
carvers from around the world will be competing for over $40,000 in
prize money. Competition will include almost every imaginable carving
category: decoys, fish, interpretive art, caricatures, wildlife and a
category dedicated to Louisiana Antique carvings. In this year's
Festival there are several new categories including Adult Wildfowl Fine
Art and Photography, Boy Scouts Carving competition and a Wildfowl Fine
Art category for school children. We will also continue to emphasize the
importance of "Antique Decoys".