February 16, 2021 Update – Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns and current state gathering guidelines, the 2021 Chincoteague Easter Decoy & Art Festival scheduled for April 2 & 3, 2021 at the Chincoteague Combined School will not take place. Stay tuned for more information regarding an online event that will showcase our past exhibitors and business community! Chincoteague Island welcomes your visit, so don’t cancel your reservations! Come enjoy all that beautiful Chincoteague and Assateague Islands have to offer!
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.