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What’s quacking in White Stone?


What's quacking in White Stone?

41st Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show March 21-22 to benefit fire department


The 41st annual Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show is all set for March 21-22 at the White Stone Firehouse, 579 Chesapeake Drive, White Stone.

The theme of the show is celebrating wildfowl art in its many forms. Songbirds, shorebirds, birds of prey, ducks and geese will be captured in paintings, decorative carvings, folk art carvings, working decoys, photography and bronze sculptures by the 60 exhibitors who come from seven states, reported coordinator Pat Bruce.

This marks the 40th year the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department (WSVFD) has sponsored the show, said Bruce.

The Preview Night Gala will be March 20. This evening event requires advance tickets be purchased by March 13. Tickets are $60 per person. For reservations to Preview Night, or request an invitation at, or 435-6355.

Color prints of a painting of Canada geese in the snow by Artist of the Year Wayne Martin of Suffolk will be given away to show visitors each day. The show print is sponsored by W.F. Booth and Son, Inc.

The weekend door prize is a carving by Jeff Fitzhugh of Hurlock, Md. The Preview Night door prize is a painting by Mary Lou Troutman of Dameron, Md.

The Rappahannock Decoy Carvers Guild will hold their annual contest on March 21. Judging will begin at 11 a.m. in the White Stone Women’s Club, 560 Chesapeake Drive, across the street from the firehouse.

The Virginia Waterfowlers’ Association will have a special area for “paint a duck” for children. Last year about 50 decoys were painted during the weekend.

Lunch will be available both days featuring soft crabs, oysters and barbecue. There is a special eating area to enjoy lunch.

Show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 22. Admission is $8, children ages 11 and younger admitted free with an adult. All proceeds benefit WSVFD.