We're a little over a week away from the ODCCA show. The show is held, as always, at the Holiday Inn Westlake, 1100 Crocker Road, Westlake, OH on March 16th, 17th, and 18th.
Joe Brewer's Best of Show entry in the 2011 Shooting Stool (Wildfowlers Rig) contest
If you've never made it to this show, you really owe it to yourself to attend. There are contests and demonstrations that go on all weekend long, starting on Friday, some running well into the night, and continuing until the conclusion of the Wildfowler's Contest in the pool on Sunday. See the show's new website for more information on the events of weekend as well as detailed rules for every contest.
The Wildfowler's contest is a classic gunning bird competition and if it's not the biggest gunning bird contest in the country, it's certainly in the top two and it's a sight to see.
Andy Chluspa, Best in Show Shorebirds, 2010 ODCCA
There are also IWCA contests in style, decorative, and shorebirds as well as unique carving and painting contests that run for the weekend. Don't forget as well, the 2012 Bob Sutton IWCA Style and Youth Championships are being held at this show. It will be quite a weekend of top-notch contests.
The show also attracts a nice mix of vendors. There will be booths that completely fill the huge ballroom at the hotel, with many more spilling out into the surrounding halls. It's a good time to stock up on those supplies so don't forget your wallet.
The show really has a unique and fun feel to it that you have to attend to appreciate. So please plan a trip to Westlake OH, March 16th - 18th, whether you have birds to enter, or simply just want to experience the show.