The intricate and delicate craft of woodcarving has a long tradition in Pennsylvania and this is especially true in the Dutch Country. The Wood Carving and Wildlife Art Festival is a celebration of this tradition. Held annually for over four decades, by the Lancaster County Wood Carvers, the Art Festival is not only a tribute to the long lineage of craftsman before, but a spotlight on the new and emerging artists who are bound to carry this wonderful medium into the future.
The competition is mostly represented by LCWC members, however the festival is open to anyone and many of the sister clubs from around the region submit pieces for competition and set up booths. 14 competition categories include songbirds, birds of prey, waterfowl, miniatures, and caricatures. The open competition category include pieces not wood-carving and cover a vast array of mediums, such as porcelain, oils, water colors, and stone
For spectators, there is an impressive exhibition area of the festival with almost sixty vendors selling impressive collections of art, detailed books, tools, and carving supplies. There are also a collection of exhibits, free seminars, as well as artist work stations where visitors can watch first hand the intricate craft of wood carving. Guests can expect fantastic door prizes, raffles, and a silent auction. A fully loaded cafeteria is selling food during the event.
Admission cost is nominal and parking is free.