LOON DAY 2017 – UPDATED

Loon Day 2017 was a FANTASTIC day!  Here’s a little recap for those who could not attend…..                         

Congratulations to the winners of the waterfowl competition:

1st – Patrick Bearden, black duck

2nd – Graham White, redhead

3rd – William Lee Sauls, coot

4th – Monty Willis, ruddy

Honorable Mention – Blair Boyd, redhead

In the spirit of Loon Day and the spring season, Saturday’s contest also featured a sub-category of competition: traditional style shorebirds! The rules were simple…carvers who wished to compete created a shorebird that was judged from a distance while staked out on the beach adjacent to the floating Loon Day entries.

Shorebird winners were:

1st – Casey Arthur, curlew

2nd – Robbie Robertson, yellowlegs

3rd – Graham White, peep                                                               

There was also a Vintage Decoy Display featuring Carteret County redheads and antique shorebirds, which was enjoyed by all!

There was a great turnout, delicious food, fun decoy competitions, wonderful antique decoy displays, a live auction, and fantastic fellowship!  Many thanks to all who participated, and all who came out to support the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild!  Special thanks to Chase Luker for his hard work organizing the shorebird competition as well as the Vintage Decoy display!  A BIG THANK YOU also goes to these three guys who took wonderful photos and videos throughout the day – Gordon Allen, Christopher Cody Baum, and William Lee Sauls. Big thanks to all who helped coordinate and volunteered their time – events like this wouldn’t be possible without your help!  Mark your calendar now to join us next year – May 12, 2018!

 

It’s nearly that time….LOON DAY!!!

Loon Day is an annual event held by the Guild in May.  The first several years the competition was for “loons only” but this year all birds will be included –  puddle, divers, geese, confidence, and of course, LOONS! The competition is a donation in that the decoy itself acts as the entry fee.  All decoys entered become property of the Guild.

For the Loon Day decoy competition, the judging will take place at the Harkers Island Bridge area with the decoys out in the water and the judges making their evaluations from the shore.  The decoys are hidden before judging so they cannot be prejudged from a closer perspective.

The competition carries a $200 first prize cash award, a $100 cash award for second place, a $50 cash award for third place, and a $25 cash award for fourth place.  Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of skill, as this is an event to benefit the Guild.                                       

There will be a live auction of the competition decoys, including all the ribbon winners, as well as other decoys and items. We are looking forward to a fantastic auction!

In the spirit of Loon Day and the spring season, this contest will also feature a sub-category of competition: traditional style shorebirds! The rules are simple…carvers who wish to compete should create a shorebird that will be judged from a distance while staked out on the beach adjacent to the floating Loon Day entries. In addition to this contest, there will be a special one day exhibit of antique shorebirds! Decoys will be photographed and included in future Guild publications as well as other works featuring North Carolina and Carteret County decoys. For more information please contact Chase Luker at  (252) 995-2203.   Please plan now to join us at 10am on Saturday, May 13th, at the H. Curt Salter building on Harkers Island Road.  Decoys must be entered by 10am and judging will start at 11am with the auction to follow.  Please contact Brother Gaskill at (252) 504-3520 for competition rules and regulations, and if you are mailing your entry.

Come out and enjoy a great day of fun, fellowship, and food!!