Chesapeake Challenge

The Ward Foundation would like to thank the Crisfield Heritage Festival and Crisfield Heritage Foundation for hosting the Chesapeake Challenge competition this year!

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate decoy carving with us!

Thank you to all of our judges, volunteers, sponsors, and supporters!

Congratulations to all of the 2023 Chesapeake Challenge Winners!!

Save the Date: October 19, 2024 in Crisfield, MD during the Crisfield Heritage Festival

2023 Chesapeake Challenge
2023 Chesapeake Challenge

Thank you to our sponsors:

Maryland State Arts Council

Maryland Traditions

Crisfield Heritage Foundation

Refuge Inn

Rich Smoker

Ross Smoker

Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council

Waterfowl Festival

Chincoteague Decoy Carvers & Artists Association

Friends of George R. Root

Karl & Deb Yankey


Crisfield Heritage Festival
The Crisfield Heritage Festival is a waterfront festival celebrating Crisfield’s rich heritage. The festival was held on September 30, 2023, at the Somers Cove Marina and Tawes Museum. Demonstrations, exhibits, entertainment, activities for kids, food, drink, and Arts & Crafts vendors were all on site.

For more information on the Festival visit the Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s website by clicking here!

Click here for the 2023 Chesapeake Challenge Rules!
Click here for the 2023 Chesapeake Challenge Registration Form!!


Chesapeake Challenge

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2022 Chesapeake Challenge

The Chesapeake Challenge This decades-old tradition includes competition in several categories of decoy making. Decoys can be mailed in or registered that morning starting at 8 AM. The Contemporary Antique bird is a Mallard Drake for 2023. And yes, there is a YOUTH division! Just note youth on your form if you are mailing in your youth’s decoys! If you are mailing in your decoys please email kclattenburg@wardfdn.org. The 2024 Contemporary Antique and Chesapeake Challenge date is TBA. Sponsorships are available.

Enjoy the Ward Foundation’s Sam Dyke Memorial “Old Bird” Antique Decoy Competition at this year’s Easton Waterfowl Festival on November 10-12, 2023! More details to come!

Click here for the Chesapeake Challenge Rules!
Click here for the Chesapeake Challenge Registration Form!!


Thank you to our sponsors:

Maryland State Arts Council

Maryland Traditions

Crisfield Heritage Foundation

Refuge Inn

Rich Smoker

Ross Smoker

Salisbury Wicomico Arts Council

Waterfowl Festival

Chincoteague Decoy Carvers & Artists Association

Friends of George R. Root

Karl & Deb Yankey