Tuesday May 16 through Saturday May 20, 2017
Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL (Illinois), USA
More information will be forthcoming later this year
Tuesday May 5 through Saturday May 9, 2015
Springfield Expo Center, Springfield, MISSOURI, USA
Owned and sponsored by Breakthrough Magazine
The 2015 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships® is shaping up to be our biggest show ever. Registration and hotel prices are as affordable as any we have ever offered.
Early Registrations. We urge you to register early and save with early registration discounts. Even if you are not sure of the number of entries you are bringing and you register early, we will extend the early registration price for entries paid at the show. Registering early allows us to plan better and shorten the registration lines on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also, the hotels are quickly filling so book your rooms as soon as possible.
Trade Show for Taxidermists. If you want to visit and see the largest industry trade show in the world for taxidermists, you are coming to the right place. The trade show offers 56 different vendors in 145 booths. There you will see everything this industry has to offer. Vendors offering the newest taxidermy forms, glass eyes, products, tools, fur dressers, tanneries, and just about every associated vendor for taxidermists will be there.
Seminars. We have a world-class line up of seminars and activities throughout the event and, of course, the most prestigious taxidermy and fish carving competition there is.
Over $42,000 in Cash and Awards. Taxidermists will be competing for $30,000 in cash awards and carvers for over $3,000.
If you want to compete for the largest cash awards at the World Championships®, you should go after the Competitors’ Award, where $18,600 in cash will be awarded. You are automatically eligible if you enter four entries in either the Professional or Master Division. If you have four entries in both divisions, you must specify in which division you wish to compete for the Competitors’ Award. Please read the complete rules for this special award in our rules here.
Competition Levels for Everyone. There is a division of competition for every level of skill, and when you enter you will have the opportunity to be critiqued by the most talented and experienced taxidermists in their fields. You do not have to compete to be a part of this great show, but it sure brings on a sense of pride to tell everyone you did!
Lifetime Achievement Award. It is also our pleasure to announce that the fourth World Show Lifetime Achievement Award which will be presented to taxidermist and sculptor Joe Kish of Shiro, Texas. Joe’s contributions are many, but to condense the story for now, it was his philosophy and teaching that was instrumental in changing the way commercial taxidermists approached their work. His concepts were motivational and directed at accuracy in our work and he promoted them through his trade publication Taxidermy Review. He then promoted the first judged taxidermy competition since the turn of the century in the mid 1970s that changed our industry. Our award presentation will highlight his story.
World Show Awards Banquet. We have a very entertaining program planned to honor Joe at the 2015 Awards Presentations Friday night. We have a limited seating of 600 for this dinner and award ceremony and it sells out at every show. We recommend booking your banquet tickets when you register. Be there to witness $33,000 in cash awarded to winning taxidermists and fish carvers from all over the world! A unique musical presentation of taxidermy in film clips will keep you entertained during dinner as the excitement “mounts” to see who will win the big cash awards this year. The World Show is always looking to add something new and refreshing to the award ceremony. We are very happy to announce the Master of Ceremony for the 2015 award program will be Alaskan taxidermist Russell Knight, star of the History Channel series “Mounted in Alaska.” Russell’s quick wit and savvy will make for a very entertaining evening.
Best All Around Competition for 2015. The new Best All-Around Taxidermist award has been added for this show. The Master division winner will receive $2,000 and the Professional winner will receive $1,000. Ohio Taxidermy Supply is generously donating the money for this award. All of the information and details for competing for this award have been added to our rules.
No one ever forgets his first World Show! Make plans now to be a part of the biggest and brightest taxidermy and fish carving event in the world! Join thousands of your peers for five days of educational and inspirational fellowship that will change the way you look at our profession. Record-numbers of taxidermists and fish carvers are already making travel plans to attend the 2015 World Taxidermy and Fish Carving Championships®. Past World Shows have attracted registrants from all 50 states and 22 nations! Whether you’re new to the taxidermy industry or a seasoned pro, The 2015 World Shows offers valuable educational and networking opportunities for all taxidermy levels.
The 2015 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships® is shaping up to be one of our biggest shows ever. Registration and hotel prices are as affordable as any we have ever offered, and gasoline prices are headed lower than they’ve been in quite a while. With two-thirds of the nation’s taxidermists located within a one-day drive of the facility, this is the one show that you don’t want to miss!
Over thirty seminars by leading industry experts, which will cover every facet of taxidermy and fish carving. We have a world-class line up of instructors, including many World Champions.
The world’s largest taxidermy and fish carving competitions. At past World Shows there have been over 700 entries. It’s great fun if you enter, but if you don’t, just viewing it is an experience you will long remember. Twenty-six of the most experienced and highly recognized judges in the industry will officiate the competition. There is a division of competition for every level of skill, and when you enter you will have the opportunity to be critiqued by the most talented and experienced taxidermists in their fields. You do not have to compete to be a part of this great show, but it sure brings on a sense of pride to tell everyone you did!
If you want to visit and see the largest industry trade show in the world for taxidermists, you are coming to the right place. A huge exhibit hall featuring the top suppliers of taxidermy services, technology and supplies featuring 145 trade show booths. You will be able to see firsthand new products and purchase the newest forms and innovations being offered by these companies. Many of these companies will offer great discounts at this show, plus the shipping costs are eliminated. There is no better opportunity to see it all at one location. Vendors offering the newest taxidermy forms, glass eyes, products, tools, fur dressers, tanneries, and just about every associated vendor for taxidermists will be represented.
The climax of the event is the 2015 World Show Awards Banquet, where over $42,000.00 in cash and awards will be won. Those competing for the Competitors’ Awards alone will be winning $18,600.00! We have a limited seating of 600 for this dinner and award ceremony and it sells out every show. We recommend booking your banquet tickets when you register.
Springfield, Missouri has been selected as the location of the 2015 World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships®. The University Plaza Hotel will be the host hotel for all seminar programs. The beautiful and spacious Springfield Expo Center, a one-minute walk across the street from the hotel, will be the location for the World Show competitions and trade show exhibition. The Springfield Convention center Ballroom, next to the University Plaza Hotel, will be the site for the award ceremony.
The University Plaza Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Springfield in the Jordan Valley Park neighborhood and offers plenty of on-location parking for cars, trucks, and trailers. Unloading and loading is all on one level with large cargo entry doors. The entire complex has great restaurants, lounges, and coffee shops within easy walking distance.
We have been offered excellent room rates for this 4-star hotel of $97.00 per night for standard king and double bed rooms and $132.00 for king two-room suites. Call (417) 864-7333. We have also contracted with the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites, which is located on Exit 80 off of Interstate 44 and is only a 10-minute drive to the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, as our overflow hotel with room rates of $92.00 per night and suites for $129.00. Call (417) 865-8600.
World Show attendees will delight in first-class accommodations, which includes free Wi-Fi and a free freshly cooked buffet breakfast each morning. Free airport pickup is offered as the hotel is conveniently located a few short minutes from Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) and is only a thirty-minute drive to Branson, Missouri. Click here for more info about accommodations.
The Springfeild, Missouri area is easy to get to, with over two-thirds of the nation’s taxidermists living within a one-day’s drive. As the original home to Bass Pro Shops you will be amazed at the size and scope of the newly expanded Bass Pro which now houses the NRA collection of guns. This museum alone is a must-see in its own right. By the time the World Show arrives, Bass Pro will also have open one of the finest aquariums in the world featuring both fresh- and salt-water fish. There are many other expansions going on at the original store that make it a must-see for any visitors.
We are very excited about this NEW location in Springfield, Missouri (not to be confused with Springfield, Illinois). We feel the venue is a perfect fit for the greatest taxidermy and fish carving exhibition on earth.
Probably one of the greatest things about attending a World Show are the people you’ll meet who’ll become your friends—not just the judges, seminar instructors, vendors, and World Show personnel, but people like you who attend to enjoy and experience the largest venue in the world for taxidermists and carvers. There is a common bond at this show with no politics, and you will experience one of the most enriching times of your life. We have been told over and over that the World Show is the greatest event a taxidermist will ever be a part of, and we will always do our utmost to keep it that way. It is time to start planning the event of your lifetime—we hope to see you there!
We urge you to register early and save with early registration discounts. Even if you are not sure of the number of entries you are bringing and you register early, we will extend the early registration price for entries paid at the show. Registering early allows us to plan better and shorten the registration lines on Tuesday and Wednesday. Also, the hotels are quickly filling so book your rooms as soon as possible.