I spent a long weekend in Strongsville, Ohio for the 2015 show and competition of the Ohio Decoy Collectors and Carvers Association. It's 3 days of decoy extravaganza. Huge ballroom full of vendors and contests for all kinds of decoys, working gunners, decorative birds, fish decoys, flat art, you name it, it's there. A couple thousand birds at least, and a ton of great people to hang out with.
I packed up my birds as well as I could to avoid the luggage thugs from breaking my stuff.
A long layover in Chicago left me looking for true deep dish, which apparently isn't at the airport. They also hate Mt. Dew for some reason, so I had to resort to the closest I could get to a good pizza and beer.
Speaking of beer, we loaded up for the weekend.
Friday morning attended a paint seminar and learned a bunch of good stuff.
Saturday was the timed head whittling contest: hand tools only. I managed to slide a knife into my thumb and disqualify myself. Well, the show didn't mind a little blood but I could no longer push a knife due to the injury. You should see the other guy! He slipped and stabbed himself in the leg, hitting an artery. A hospital run ensued.
A couple of decoys that caught my eye Saturday afternoon on the post judging table. First up a fish decoy. Second up, a dove balanced to stand on a wire.