The Henry Decoy Show was organized by Don and Almira Clark in 1968 and has become an annual event attracting hundreds of enthusiasts from several states to view, show, buy, sell, and trade old duck and goose decoys, game calls, contemporary carvings, books, paintings and other related collectibles. The first show was held in the Henry American Legion building in 1968. In six short years it outgrew that facility and was moved to St. Mary’s Center where it remained for over twenty years until 1996 when more room was needed and it was moved to the present location at the High School.  Over the years, the Clarks planned and coordinated each event including preparing and serving sandwiches, drinks and delicious desserts for the growing numbers that attended. Susan and Bruce Bauter coordinated the show, continuing to carry on the tradition of the Clarks, from 2005 thru 2013.

Beginning in 2014, Jason Baldwin has assumed the role of coordinator of the Henry Decoy Show. Jason grew up hunting ducks, his first, a blue wing teal at age 7. He comes from a family steeped with tradition in hunting and antiquities. As one of the youngest 6 pack licensed captains, he logged over 7000 hours on Lake Michigan chasing trout, salmon, perch & walleye. He attended Illinois State University and was captain of the football team. Working a summer at ADM in Peoria kept him in the heart of the Illinois River duck-hunting region. He resides in Chicago and keeps memberships in hunting clubs near Spring Valley, IL. His love for antiquities, sporting art, and decoys has grown over the past dozen years from his full time job of buying and selling sporting art, decoys, antique arms, Native American, cowboy and related antiquities. During which time, he has exhibiting/attended over 450 exhibitions, auctions and related shows nationwide. He is a long time exhibitor at Henry and friends with both the Clarks and Bauters. Jason brings his varied experience and knowledge to Henry to manage and keep the traditions of the best one-day decoy show alive and well. He continues the hunt, both game/fowl and antiquities and enjoys the outdoors educating his boys in the way of the woods and marsh. Stop by and introduce yourself he’s always game to greet new faces and help discover great collectibles.