Midwest Decoy Collectors Association Decoy show and Convention is considered by most decoy collectors to be the national decoy show drawing collector and dealer from all points on the North American continent as well as a few from Europe. Growing from a discussion over drinks among a few Midwest collectors in the mid 1960's, the show continues to grow and add new features.
Monday morning decoy folks started to trickle into the Pheasant Run Resort.
By Wednesday most have displays set up in their rooms. Never know what you'll find:folk art, vintage decoys, Contemporary decoys, game calls, wildlife art It's all here!
Stevie O'Brien and Coiln McNair, Copley Fine Arts LLD, hold a business meeting in the hallway.
Gen Davis provided MDCA display board for membership drive.
Hey Hey first sale of the show for MDCA board member, Gene Davis!
Room-to-room trading is a big part of the MDCA show which is really a week long convention
Joe Engers, Editor/publisher Decoy Magazine, catches his favorite ball game between costumers.
Joe attends most of the major shows beinging along past issues of Decoy Magazine and a few decoys.
Stan Van Eiten, Hunting & Fishing Collectibles magazine which covers a broad range of sporting collectibles besides decoys.
John Freimuth, Illinois collector & dealer.
Herb Desch, retired MDCA President, checks on registration site for members.
Gene Davis, Banger Publishing was in charge of registration and organized members badges and registration process so this year registration ran smoother than ever.
Badges and lanyard are sold each year to help support the show. Many members have started to collect the yearly badges which feature artwork by fellow collector and member Lou Schifferl has donate over the years to the organization
Rose Claussen, MDCA board member was my partner at "Button & lanyard" table during early registration.
This is ME :-) helping out at the registration with Miriam Van Wallenham
Most of the board members can be seen working at the registration at one time or another. Peter Marsh looks up a member's badge
Roger Ludwig took his turn assisting at the registration
I know my name's in here somewhere...Curt Froyen
Vaugh Walters found a pretty lady to man the registration table with him!
Ken Cole takes this opportunity to paid his club dues.
Jay Tonelli signs up for another years membership
Down the hall from the registration Rich Sandstom conducted a members open meeting to give members an opportunity to voice their opinions and offer suggestions to the board for future club activities. This will be an on going event at future MDCA shows.
Rick Sandstrom, MDCA President lead the discussions at this meeting.
Officers of the board were also on hand to answer question with Rick, Steve Handevidt , Secretary, Jim Wierzba,vice-president, Tom O'Key, Treasurer
Lee Schultz, Rick Simpson and Jason Baldwin as major dealers in sporting collectibles are very interested in the future of the MDCA show since it is one of their major shows.
Peter Marsh, MDCA board member
Stan Van Eiten is ready for the Guyette & Schimdt preview cocktail party!
Every year G&S supports the Midwest Decoy Collectors Show (MDCA) by hosting a cocktail party on Wednesday evening prior to their auction that features a preview of all the decoys.
This is a great opportunity for new collectors and veterans to view and handle decoys and ask questions!
There is always someone close at hand to share their decoy know how!
Another new feature at the MDCA show introduced by Guyette & Schmidt Inc was a special setting for private viewing of the auction highlight decoys. Chris DeArcos who was on hand to assist Jon Deeter in this effort holds the extremely rare bass "Ghost Fish'; decoy carved by Hans Janner (1875-1947), Michigan that sold for $36,000 plus buyer's premium
This swan decoy by Charles Birch (1868-1956), Wills Wharf, VA. According to noted East Coast collector Wm Purnell This decoy is one of "one dozen that were made for a Talbot County, Maryland rig in the 1930's" It is one of the few that were NOT repainted and sold for $165,000 plus buyer's premium.
Members who weren't on hand earlier in the week to register could do so in Mega Center lobby.
Before the Mega Center was opened to the venders to set up the venders, Brian Cheramie accepted the Louisana decoys that would make up the Classic Decoy Exhibit at the MDCA show.
Before the decoys were arranged in the locked glass showcases each was photography and inventoried.
The exhibit gave many decoy collectors their first up close look the finest Louisiana decoys ever produced.
And then the doors were opened and the rush was on! Everyone wants to get their wares to their table knowing that the folks who are serious about buying will be watching as they unload.
It's not work if you're having fun right??!!!
com-on Gary Koelbl (right) give Danny Coombe (left) a hand
Elaine Haid is in charge of set up while Alan looks for a good deal :-)
What would a decoy guy do without his Lady?
Okay sometime the guy helps out...Rus Goldbreger
It is is amasing how quickly this huge space can fill up!
Since it was a beautiful day for attendees waiting for the show to open to the general public could enjoy visiting outdoors.
Inside the crowd swelled as folks were anxious to see what the show had to offer.
And the doors opened to MDCA show . Like kids entering a candy store folks soon found lots to looked at and wondered where to start first!
Dick and Jo Brust have been attending MDCA shows since the 60's!
Jay Tonelli has started carving decoys again. These Stylish Mergansers are his first carvings in 10 years.
fun to follow general public couple through the show. They show a broad interest in sporting collectibles
a chat with an exhibtior...
Fishing tackle is also popular at the MDCA decoy show
Gamecall Collectors and Makers hold their show in conjunction with the MDCA
Call makers display thier calls and enter the game call competation.
The last few years the comtemporary decoy carvers provided carving & painting demonstrations and a classic cometemporary display
Marty Hanson Makes it look easy!
And the audience is lovin' it!
Tim Speight demonstrated how to make classic Chesapeake Bay canvas covered decoy
Pat Gregory, Bloomington, Illinois
Pat , who grandfather Skippy Barto was one of the Illinois River master decoy carvers, gives a painting lesson
Following decoys were part of the special Contemporary Decoy Exhibit
James Schmiedlin of Bradfordwoods, PA was on hand with an impressive disaplay of his decoys
There was every type of sporting collectible among the show display tables.
Brian Cheremie spent a lot of time by the special exhibit of Louisiana to answer questions.
Bill Rigsbee and Jason Baldwin discuss the finer point of Louisiana with Brian
Guyette & Schmidt Inc brought a large displkay of decoys that would be offered at their next auction held in July in Portsmouth, NH.
Ed Johnson takes advantage of opportunity to inspect decoys that will be sold at the Guyette & Schmidt upcoming auction in Portsmouth New Hampshire.
Stephen O'Brien, Copley Fine Art LLC, Boston Ma also displayed at the MDCA Show
Ted Harmon with the help of Bob also exhibited birds that would be sold at his summer auction, Decoys Unlimited Inc on Cape Cod, Ma
Boys look pretty serious sometimes when they are decoy dealin'
Roger & "Fuzzy' enjoyed sharing the show with their daughter and son's girlfriend
Pretty lady nice shorebird!
Alan Haid's table was host to a nice selection of Crowell miniatures, high end Masons, Shorebirds and a rare canvas Canada goose by Enoch Riendahl, Stoughton, WI.
Russ Goldberger co authored Mason Decoy Book with Alan Haid
Russ is one of the top antique folkart and decoy dealers in the country.
Bill Clausen seems to be enjoying the show.
Laura Gasrst represented the Lakeview Museum, Peoria, Illinois at the show
Joe Engers taking down information for a new subscriber to Decoy Magazine
The Decoy Magazine is devoted to vintage decoys and carvers and a must for any collector to keep up with the shows, auctions and decoy history
Paul Fortin one of the few craftsmen who is proficient in decoy restoration.
Okay Bob Bradley it's a great curlew!.
Exhibitors are always willing to share their decoy expertise with show goers
Nice to catch Linda Kangas ( Far Right) checking out a table. Usually the girl is a whirl of activity at the shows!
Jeff Bindel Wisconsin talks canvasbacks with exhibitor
Mike Valley, carver, collector and supplier of the best smoked fish adds an interesting flair to any show he attends :-)
John Freimuth Illinois is active force in Midwest decoy circles, displaying swans by the late Joe Anderlik
Kristin Lehmkuhl, Wisconsin decoy collector and Jim Thompson, Tennessee call collectors.
Kristin brought along a wonderful display of Wisconsin decoy collector with her that she and her late husband, Bob collected