The annual Easter Lure and Art Festival will return to Chincoteague this year

The 41st Annual Easter Lure and Art Festival will be held April 15-16 at the Chincoteague Co-ed School located at 4586 Main Street Chincoteague. Hours of operation are Friday, April 15: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 16: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5 per day from 12 years old. Food service will be provided by Captain E’s Hurricane Bar & Grill. Enjoy live music in the main showroom on Fridays performed by Emily Guemple and Saturdays by Greg Shupe. Celebrate Chincoteague’s traditional welcome to spring at the 41st Annual Easter Lure and Art Festival.

Decoy carvers and craftsmen from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Delaware, New Jersey, Arizona, Maryland, Florida and Virginia exhibit their work each year, from rustic working decoys to intricately detailed work, every year at the Easter Decoy & Art festival. This two-day event is a unique and memorable opportunity to meet exhibitors and watch them create their work. Many artisans have been part of the show for decades and a handful have been at it for over 40 years.

Show exhibitors include sculptors Vic & Ellen Berg; Roy Bohn; Jimmy Bowden; Jay Bundick; Shannon Dimmig; Russell fish; John Harlow III; Bill Hickson; James Johnson; David Justice; Ed Kuhn; Larry Linton; Ned Mayne; Cork McGee; Logan, Lincoln and Doug Parker; Ron Rosciszewski; James Sharpley; Ron Stevens; Tricia Veasey; and Bill Veasey.

Participating artists are Stu Beitler; Raymond Bell; Grover Cantwell, Jr.; David Hughes; Frederick Johnson; Paul Makuchal; Kevin McBride; Beth Mills; Nancy Mitchell; Donnie Thorton; Yvonne Torelli; Mary Lou Troutman and Nancy Richards West.

Photographers, jewelers, potters and other artisans include Mohammed Attiah; Richard Coolidge; Sondra Daisey and Pat Mulligan; Joan Devaney; Don & Donna Drew; Jim Earley; Kanda Harp & Dave Feinstein; Billie Ann Horner; John Into and Nancy Price; Bob and Mary McIntire; Stephen Moore; Western Mwamlima; Glen Phillips; Barbara Ritter; Debbie Ritter; Bob Schamerhorn; Guy Shover; Joann Stratakos; Cheryl Taylor; John Urlock; Marianne Vance; John & Cinda Walls and Susan Wolf. Old friends and many new faces will exhibit amazing handicrafts.

A favorite of the show are the beautifully decorated wooden eggs which will be offered for silent auction beginning at noon on Friday, April 15 and ending at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Ribbons will be awarded for Best Artist, Best Sculptor, Best Chincoteague or Assateague Photography and the Curtis Merritt Achievement Award at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Children under 12 can vote for their favorite exhibitor with a Kids’ Choice ribbon.

Plan your weekend to include enough time to enjoy nature and island events. Catch a movie on Friday nights at the Island Theatre. Be sure to explore the hiking and biking trails as wildlife and Chincoteague ponies abound in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Beachcomb and relax as the sun rises and sets over Assateague Island National Seashore. In honor of National Parks Week, April 16 will be a zero-entry day. After the festival, have fun at the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance’s Island Coffeehouse. Shops and restaurants will be open upon your arrival. Book your accommodation today, there is so much to discover.

Visit www.chincoteaguechamber.com for a list of all exhibitors and full show details. The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce and Certified Visitor Center is the official destination marketing organization for the Town of Chincoteague, recognized by the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

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Reggie S. Williams