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April 25, 1996|By Karin Remesch

Wildfowl-carving competition

Join more than 1,000 carvers from all over the world as they compete for almost $100,000 in cash awards and trophies in the Ward Museum's World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition Friday through Sunday at the Ocean City Convention Center.

More than 2,000 carvings are expected to be entered in this year's competition, which is open to wood sculptors of any level of artistic skill including novice, intermediate, open and world.

Celebrating its 26th anniversary, the event is one of the largest wildfowl carving competitions in the world and has attracted the globe's best carvers since its inception in 1971.

A World Champion Benefit Auction, featuring 15 pieces donated by championship carvers, is scheduled for 5: 30 p.m. Friday. Exhibits by painters, crafts people, tool dealers and art dealers also are part of the three-day festivities.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults; $7 for seniors and students; and a three-day pass is $16. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Call (410) 742-4988, Ext. 106.

Celtic festival

Enjoy a celebration of Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Manx, Bretton, Cornish and English heritage at the 18th annual Celtic Festival & Highland Gathering of Southern Maryland Saturday at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard.

The one-day event features a noon-time parade of more than 50 clans and societies, bagpipe, drumming, fiddling, harp and highland dance competition. All-day enjoyment of Celtic melodies will be provided from two performing stages and demonstrations of Morris dancing, Irish step-dancing, Scottish country and English contra dancing also are scheduled, along with storytelling, sheep shearing, wool spinning and weaving.

You will also be able to witness athletes test their skills in the highland heptathlon, join the kilted-mile run, taste Celtic and regional food and examine Celtic art.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students 9 to 14; free for children 8 and under. Call (410) 257-9003.

Pub Date: 4/25/96

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