Collectors to attend duck decoy event

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Associated Press

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 9:36 AM

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Shreveport decoy collector Bruce Lowe will be among a number of area folks attending the 2013 Baton Rouge Antique Decoy Show on Aug. 17.

Carvers and collectors from across the region are expected to attend the event to swap tales and tails.

"Last year's show was a great success — collectors from across the South attended, including individuals from as far away as Georgia and Missouri," Lowe said.

Those attending the event, which will run from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center in Baton Rouge, will see a large group of antique Louisiana decoys displayed in a glass-fronted case.

"This year's display will showcase the carvings of Louisiana's Creole carvers," Lowe said.

Lowe plans to display about a dozen decoys including birds made by Mitchell LaFrance, George Frederick, Jules Frederick, along with Charles and Rudy Hutchison. Most of these decoys were carved from the roots of cypress trees.

Collectors will be available to identify and appraise old decoys.

"If your father or grandfather was a duck hunter, there may still be some old wooden decoys to be found, and a few of these old carvings are now worth a lot of money," Lowe said.

Attendees will be able to display, purchase, sell and swap decoys. There will be antique decoy informational discussions and videos, along with door prizes. Experts at the event will also present primitive decoy carving demonstrations, antique pirogue boat displays, plus interactive activities and games for children.

"It looks like this year's event will be even bigger and better than last year — there will even be some children's activities, including a display of live ducks and ducklings," Lowe said.

The children's activities will include the opportunity to paint a duck decoy.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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