Chicago, Illinois (PressExposure) March 05, 2009 -- The Midwest Decoy Collectors Association (MDCA - http://www.midwestdecoy.org) annual convention will be held at the Pheasant Run Resort in Saint Charles, Illinois from April 20th - 25th 2009. MDCA members from the U.S., Asia, Europe, Canada and Mexico will be in attendance at what many collectors refer to as the premier world event for antique decoy enthusiasts.
The growing popularity of decoy collecting continues, despite the recent downturn in the world economy. This became very clear at the MDCA show in 2008 during the GUYETTE & SCHMIDT Spring Decoy Auction which is held in conjunction with the annual convention. The auction was the 5th highest grossing decoy auction of all time, with over $3.5 million in sales.
Collecting decoys is a national and international phenomena. With the worlds growing interest in decoy collecting, organizations such as the MDCA and their annual convention play a key role in the growth and advocacy of this fascinating and rewarding hobby.
For 44 years, the MDCA's annual convention has continued to offer a fun and entertaining experience for the entire family. Each year the annual event features educational seminars, auctions, buying & selling and networking opportunities for decoy collectors. 2009 is no exception and promises to offer even more chances to mingle and meet with some of the world's leading authorities on decoy collecting during the Friday evening annual networking and dinner buffet.
As always , there will be plenty of opportunities for collectors to buy, sell and trade. From Monday April 20th through Saturday April 25th the ever popular room trading and displays will be open to attendees. There will also be over 386 tables with over 20,000 items on display at the Pheasant Run Resort Megacenter.
This year's seminars and educational opportunities include; "Carvers of Michigan's Saginaw Bay" with Bill Stout (Wed at 10:00 AM) and "Facts Every Collector Should Know" with Vaughn Walter (Wednesday at 3:00pm). MDCA members are also offering free identification and evaluation services starting Friday through Saturday, April 25th.
With the outstanding success of last year's Guyette and Schmidt auction at the MDCA convention, this year over 650 lots are being offered, with outstanding selections from the collection of Joe French. Of particular interest to collectors will be a superb example of a sleeping mallard carved by Charles Perdew. The auction will run Thursday starting at 11am and Friday starting as 10am. The day after the Guyette and Schmidt auction, the MDCA will be hosting their annual silent auction on Saturday from 10am â 1pm.
Additional events and displays include a special member exhibit of 40 Long Island antique decoys. These decoys from member's collections will be organized in a special presentation at the Megacenter at Pheasant Run Resort. Also on display in the Megacenter will be the âContemporay Carver International Displayâ. Both displays will be available for viewing on Friday from 2PM to 8PM and on Saturday from 9AM to 1PM. Also in attendance, the National Duck Call Makers and Collector's of America will conduct their annual call competition and convention. Winning examples of the call makers carving competition will also on display.
The MDCA convention will be held at the Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 East Main St. (Rte. 64), Saint Charles, IL (visit http://www.pheasantrun.com for more info). Show hours are Friday from 2pm - 8pm and Saturday from 9am to 3pm. Admission to the show is $5.00 per adult. Memberships are $15 per family. MDCA members and children free.
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*MDCA Media Contacts* Herb Desch (312) 337-7957 Jim Wierzba (262) 238-0282 Tom O'Key (847) 842-8847 Rose Claussen (630) 257-8818 Donna Tonelli (815) 664-4580 Rick Sandstrom (319) 364-8556