The Henry decoy show was started during the early 1970's by the late Don Clark, and continues to be the best one day show in the Midwest. During the show hours from 8am to 2 pm close to 1000 collectors, duck hunters and locals will come through the door. Henry is in the heart of the Illinois River Valley and was home to Charles Perdew so there is lots of local interest. Sue and Bruce Bauter who now host the show usually have a sell out the exhibitors tables. The Lakeview Museum and the Perdew Museum always provide interesting exhibits. This year the newest partner of the Guyette & Schmidt auction house, Jon Deeter was on hand with preview of decoys from the late Don Clark estate which will be sold in their Spring Auction held in conjunction with the Midwest Decoy Collectors Association convention held at Pheasant Run Resort and Mega Center. Both of these events run annually, the last week of April: MDCA' offers room-to-room trading throughout the motel during the week prior to their show in the Pheasant Run Mega Center show, Friday and Saturday 9am-3pm. G&S will present their preview & welcome reception on Wednesday night and their auction runs on Thursday and Friday
Almira Clark And her daughter were on hand at the Show which featured a selection of decoys from the late Don Clark's collection which would be offered at the Guyette & Schmidt Spring Auction.
New partner at Guyette & Schmidt Auction House Jon Deeter was on hand to appraise and accept consignment for up coming auctions. Chris DeAcros was on hand to assist Jon at the show
Joe Tonelli helped Jon with his assessments of Illinois River decoys that were brought into the show for apprasial
Zach Entwhistle watched over his father Denny's table display while Dad was out looking for a 'deal!
Conrad Sundeen and Charlie Moore have been active participants at the Henry Decoy Show since the shows earliest days. Guess you could say they are part of the 'Ole guard'!
Speaking of 'Ole Guard" , Tom Karras, verteran collector and member of local Duck Club was on hand too
Dave 'Bones' and Jeanette Kneebone are among the newer decoy collectors/dealers and can be seen at most of the Midwest decoy shows.
Bill Rigsbee and his wife, Julie, always bring an impressive 'spread to the shows they attend, which is all of the Midwest decoys shows!
Charlie & Edna Perdew's grand-daughter, Katy and her husband Bob display her work which carries on the Perdew tradition
Nancy Scherer and her husband Mike offer a great selection of decorative songbirds and waterfowl carvings that are always popular among the show goers.
John Vulcani and his fiance, Steffie are among the younger crowd that are discovering the hobby of decoy collecting. John has learn the art of bird carving from his father Don, who is known for his dove carvings. Steffie is also learning to carve and paint birds.
Local duck hunters turn out in full force to support this local decoy show.
Kenneth Ingram Peoria Illinois has pick up his carving tools and paint brushes again since his retirement. Welcome Back!
Always great to see a father and son set up at a show together. What better way to introduce our children to the love of the sport and collecting!
Dan Skoff, Millington, concentrates his collecting on Illinois River decoys; in particular Harold Haertel decoys
Dave Maren & Kathy DeCarlo
Walt Sprayer, Spring Valley, displays his carvings every year at the Henry Show.
Dean & Shirley Dashner are certified members of the 'Ole Guard' and supply collectors and carvers with the every book needs. Dean's Son is learning the ripes of the shows... and provides the extra 'muscle' Dean needs when setting up their 'book shop' !
Pat Gregory is another carver that is carrying on a family tradition start by his grand father 'Home Run' Skippy Barto. Joliet, Illinois
In the end everyone had a great time at the show.The Perdew museum and Lakeview Museum both provide their displays. There was lots to see, friends to chat with and a few great decoys that walk in the door!