The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce has been watching the global developments of COVID-19, communicating with local and county officials and keeping in compliance with current state mandates and federal recommendations. With the duration of COVID-19 unknown in the United States and having the safety of our festival attendees, exhibitors, volunteers and suppliers as our top priority, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Easter Decoy & Art Festival scheduled for April 10 & 11 and the Chincoteague Seafood Festival on May 2.
This is an unprecedented situation and we ask for your patience and understanding during this time. We are a staff of three and have two large festivals to address. We understand many of you may have questions, but we ask that you give us the time to make these necessary notifications and process refunds.
Our steps going forward will be in the following order:
1. Contact all exhibitors, suppliers and volunteers associated with the Easter Decoy & Art Festival.
2. Process refunds to all exhibitors.
3. Contact all suppliers, sponsors and volunteers of the Chincoteague Seafood Festival.
4. Process refunds to all ticket holders
a. Tickets purchased in the chamber office or over the phone will be refunded by check or credit card at $45 per ticket.
b. Tickets purchased through Eventbrite will be refunded back to the credit card used at time of purchase through Eventbrite at $45 per ticket. Eventbrite does not refund the processing fees.
c. Refunds will be made as quickly as possible but please allow us several weeks. Once your refund is processed, it will still take the credit card company several days before the credit appears on your statement.
d. Tickets will be refunded in the order in which they were purchased. Calling the office will not expedite your refund and the chamber office is currently closed to the public through April 7.
We encourage you to support our business community during this difficult time. Many businesses are still open as well as the hiking and biking trails on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the pristine beach on Assateague Island National Seashore but for the safety of our community, please insure you are healthy before venturing out. If you are sick, stay home! Our Health & Public Safety page on ChincoteagueChamber.com has a current listing of business openings/safety modifications as well as event updates. You can also visit our business directory to call for hours of operation.
Nature will be waiting for you and our business community will welcome you, when you are able to visit again. Please consider rescheduling your visit to later in the season instead of canceling your travel plans. Our accommodations, activities, restaurants, shops, businesses and organizations look forward to seeing you soon. Stay safe, stay healthy and please do your part in containing COVID-19.
Celebrate the history and craft of decoy carving as local and national carvers and artists of all kinds exhibit and sell their work at the
Friday, April 10 – Noon to 5:00pm
Saturday, April 11 – 9:00am – 4:00pm (People’s Choice voting ends 2pm. Exhibitor awards announced 3pm. Auctions end 4pm.)
Chincoteague Combined School 4586 Main Street Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
$5.00 admission each day; children under 12 are free
NEW – $8.00 two-day pass includes 50% off admission to Museum of Chincoteague Island
Local and national decoy carvers and artists of all kinds; fine art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, stained glass, pottery, etc. exhibit and sell their work at this Chincoteague Island tradition. Exhibitors carve and create on site and are eager to talk about the love of their work. Come eager to learn from the finest and purchase some of their works to treasure yourself or to give as a gift.
Awards are given in various categories; carving, art and photography. Children receive a Children’s Choice Award ribbon upon admission to present to their favorite artist while festival attendees vote for People’s Choice Awards for best carver and best artist. Best Photograph of Chincoteague or Assateague is chosen by jury. The highest award given each year is the Curtis Merritt Award of Excellence. This is awarded to the exhibitor who displays excellence as an individual, as well as an artist and/or carver and is voted on solely by the exhibitors. Awards are announced at 3pm on Saturday.
Wooden Easter eggs are meticulously hand carved, painted and/or embellished by exhibitors and are sold through a silent auction to the highest bidder. This auction has been a highlight of the show each year, with some eggs fetching a handsome sum. Auction closes at 4pm on Saturday.
The Pre-loved Treasures Silent Auction has also been a favorite in recent years. Each year, the auction benefits a local non-profit or cause. In 2020, the auction will benefit the Chamber’s efforts to rebuild the LOVE Chairs in Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park. Auction closes at 4pm on Saturday. If you have a treasure that you are ready to share, donations are always welcome at the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, 6733 Maddox Boulevard, and can be dropped off during regular business hours (Monday – Saturday 9am – 4:30pm).
If you attend the festival on Friday and want to check on the status of your silent auction bids, a bidding pass is available. Please ask at the admissions desk.
Food and drink will be available for purchase by Capt E’s Hurricane Grill with a special menu.
2020 Easter Decoy & Art Festival Exhibitor Application
Application is normally uploaded the second week of December.
Enhance your Chincoteague Island experience with events happening throughout the year; including the Chincoteague Seafood Festival, Chincoteague Oyster Festival and Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade.