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 August 2 & 3, 2024

Hello Friends,

Thanks to all of you for your past support and help in making the Midwest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade show a successful tradition!

Now, we need your help to get ready for the 25th Anniversary Show in 2024. Please pass the information for the show along to your woodworking friends and Facebook groups and invite them to attend. Also, please suggest to your favorite vendors that they become part of the show. We are always looking for new vendors so send us their contact information.

We think with your input and help we can carry on our cherished tradition!

Thank you for your continued support,

Karen, Charlie, Jim & Al

Check us out on Facebook for updates and to meet other show attendees!


Important Deadlines:

Dinner RSVP Deadline – July 12, 2024

Pre-registration for Classes Deadline – July 12, 2004

After pre-registration for classes is closed, you can still sign up for classes once you get to the show – as long as the class still has openings

There is no pre-registration for the contest. Please bring your projects to the show to enter them. You may print out and fill in the entry forms ahead of time if you like.


2024 show flyer

Group rate hotel info coming soon


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We are continuing the tradition of an Annual Midwest Scroll Saw Picnic which was established by Joe Diveley in 1997 in Pontiac, Illinois. The show moved to Richland Center, Wisconsin in 2004. In August 2015, the show moved to Dubuque, Iowa, and continues to be held there.

The event will be held at the Dubuque County Fairgrounds,14569 Old Highway Road, Dubuque, IA, 52002. The show is hosted by the Veterans Freedom Center in Dubuque and Karen Boelman of the Art Factory in Platteville, WI.

Please see the side menu for additional information including class listings & registration forms, vendor listings & application forms, and more.

Dubuque is a small city with a population of about 90,000. There is an airport and numerous motels and camping facilities. It is a very scenic area with views of the Mississippi River and rock outcrops created by the stunning bluffs surrounding it. It is the home of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, The Grand River Center, as well as 2 casinos and various art, music, and theater venues. For more info on Dubuque, you can go to and for information on what’s happening (arts, music, theater, etc.) try

The Midwest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade Show features product booths, demo booths, information booths, door prizes, classes, hands-on opportunities in the Scroll Saw Corral, a Show & Tell area to showcase your achievements, a woodworking contest (with opportunities to enter scroll sawing, wood turning and woodcarving), and a Friday evening dinner.

The show is dedicated to Dirk Boelman. Anyone who has been involved with scroll sawing knows of Dirk’s passion and dedication to the art of scroll sawing. He was a talented and prolific pattern designer, a caring and enthusiastic teacher, and a strong advocate for the positive effects of the hobby on the lives of all involved in it. He was a driving force behind the Midwest Show for many years as well as a major contributor to making the hobby of scroll sawing a popular and thriving pastime. His infectious enthusiasm and encouragement gave him the ability to bring out the best in everyone he met.

We will provide updates as they become available. We are looking forward to seeing you all at the show.

Thank you!

Midwsest Scroll Saw & Woodworking Trade Show 2016 T-Shirt