Tuesday May 7 through Saturday May 11, 2013
Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
Springfield, Illinois, USA

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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 2013 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 2013 World Shows offers valuable educational and networking opportunities for all taxidermy levels.

AFFORDABLE!
The 2013 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!

SEMINARS!
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.

COMPETITION!
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!

TRADE SHOW!
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 135 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.

AWARDS!
The climax of the event is the 2013 World Show Awards Banquet, where $25,000.00 in cash prizes will be awarded. Those competing for the Competitors' Awards alone will be winning $14,000.00! The 2013 World Show Awards Banquet will be held in a separate location, the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Springfield. Chartered buses will be on hand to shuttle participants from the host hotel to the banquet. We have a limited seating of 500 for this dinner and award ceremony and it sells out every show. We recommend booking your banquet tickets when you register. At the World Show Awards Presentations not only are all the cash awards given out and winners of World Titles named, but special talents from our industry will entertain you along with video clips from movies and TV, all using taxidermy as a main theme.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD!
It is our pleasure to announce that the third World Show Lifetime Achievement Award which will be presented to a former taxidermist and five-time World Champion Fish Carver Bob Berry of El Cajon, California. Bob's talents stretch to many areas of wildlife art, from pen and brush to sculpture. His contributions to both taxidermy and fish carving extend over 50 years and he is credited as being the individual who has brought up fish carving to the status it is today. We have a very entertaining program planned to honor Bob at the 2013 Awards Presentations Friday night.

NEW INTERPRETIVE DIVISION!
The new Interpretive Taxidermy Division encourages you to really get your creative juices flowing. All of the info and details for competing in this new division have been added to our rules. Some of the other special competitions that you are invited to participate in are the Live Sculpting competition, which offers a World title, and the Avian and Fish Challenges competitions.

HOST FACILITY!
For 2013 we are returning to our five-time previous host facility for the WTC, the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, located at 3000 South Dirksen Parkway in Springfield, Illinois. This is where all of the World Show events and programs will take place, except for the awards presentation. This exquisite hotel has sold out every time we've had our show here. The rates for the 2013 World Shows are $87.00 per night (up to four people). Free WiFi for WTC guests. Call 1-800-465-4329 and ask for the 2013 World Taxidermy rate. Check-in is at 4:00 P.M. and check out is at 11:00 a.m. Rates effective from Sunday, May 4 to Sunday May 12.

The second hotel is the Holiday Inn Express, located at 3050 South Dirksen Parkway, adjacent to the Crowne Plaza. The rates for the 2013 show are $80.00 per night (up to two people), and $85.00 (up to four people). Free WiFi. Call 1-800-465-4329 and identify yourself as attending the 2013 World Shows.

LOCATION!
The Springfeild, Illinois area is easy to get to, with over two-thirds of the nation's taxidermists living within a one-day's drive. Enjoy the ambiance of this classic hotel and attached convention center. All previous World Shows held at this facility (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003 and 2005) have sold out the entire hotel.

EXCITEMENT!
Ride the wave of emotion and excitement of watching the world's best taxidermists and carvers comptete for the coveted Best in World Titles!

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!

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.

Make your Reservations NOW!
At previous World Shows, the host facilities filled up fast! Don't be disappointed. Reserve your room today to ensure your accommodations.

Host Hotel: Crowne Plaza Springfield, 3000 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, Illinois 62703
The host facility is the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center, located at 3000 South Dirksen Parkway in Springfield, Illinois. This is where all of the World Show events and programs will take place, except for the awards presentation. The rates for the 2013 World Shows are $87.00 per night (up to four people). Call 1-800-465-4329 and ask for the 2013 World Taxidermy rate. Check-in is at 4:00 P.M. and check out is at 11:00 a.m. Rates effective from Sunday, May 4 to Sunday May 12.

The second hotel is the Holiday Inn Express, located at 3050 South Dirksen Parkway, adjacent to the Crowne Plaza. The rates for the 2013 show are $80.00 per night (up to two people), and $85.00 (up to four people). Free WiFi. Call 1-800-465-4329 and identify yourself as attending the 2013 World Shows.

How Do I Get There?
This is the sixth time we have held our World Taxidermy & Fish Carving Championships at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, Illinois. In fact, in 1997 our show was the second convention ever held at this facility. We chose this hotel because of its central location and its accessibility.

IF YOU ARE DRIVING
You must first be driving on Interstate 55, which skirts Springfield on the east side of the city. If you are arriving during the day, you will see a huge power plant and tall smokestacks very near the exit you will take off of I-55 for the hotel.
      Take Exit 94 for Stevenson Drive toward E Lake Dr.
      Turn right (west) onto Stevenson Drive.
      Then turn right (north) onto South Dirksen Parkway.
      The Crowne Plaza as well as the Holiday Inn Express will be on your right (0.42 miles).

IF YOU ARE FLYING
Book your flights for arrival at the Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport (airport code is SPI).
      INTERNATIONAL: Multiple daily flights to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport. Visit www.flyspi.com.
      NATIONAL: Call American Airlines at 1-800-433-7300 or United Airlines at 1-800-241-6522.
The Crowne Plaza offers a free shuttle to and from the Abraham Lincoln Capitol Airport (8 miles). You must call the hotel for pick-up upon your arrival: (217) 585-2830.

SHIPPING
You may ship any materials to the show as long as the package does NOT arrive before Friday, May 3, 2013. Label your package as:
    HOLD FOR YOUR NAME
    WORLD TAXIDERMY CHAMPIONSHIPS
    c/o Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
    3000 South Dirksen Pkwy.
    Springfield, IL 62703 USA
    (217) 585-2830


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World Show Archives:
The 2012 World Taxidermy Championships® was held February 23rd – 26th, 2012 in Saltzburg, Austria
The 2011 World Taxidermy Championships® was held May 3–7, 2011 in St. Charles, Missouri, USA.
The 2009 World Taxidermy Championships® was held May 5–9, 2009 in St. Charles, Missouri, USA.
The 2008 World Taxidermy Championships® was held February 18–24, 2008 in Salzburg, Austria.
The 2007 World Taxidermy Championships® was held April 17–21, 2007 in Reno, Nevada, USA.
The 2005 World Taxidermy Championships® was held March 29–April 2, 2005 in Springfield, IL, USA.
The 2003 World Taxidermy Championships® was held April 8–12, 2003 in Springfield, Illinois, USA.
The 2001 World Taxidermy Championships® was held April 3–7, 2001 in Springfield, Illinois, USA.
The 1999 World Taxidermy Championships® was held April 7–10, 1999 in Springfield, Illinois, USA.
The 1997 World Taxidermy Championships® was held April 2–5, 1997 in Springfield, Illinois, USA.
Henry Wichers Inchumuk Lifetime Achievement Award

Simon T. Blackshaw Lifetime Achievement Award


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