Article and photos courtesy of Gordon Allen
Loon Day 2021 was held Saturday, June 19th, at the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild on Harkers Island. This was so much fun with decoy and shorebird competitions, a live auction, and lunch! Judging of the decoys took place at the Harkers Island Bridge area with the decoys out in the water and the judges making their evaluations from the shore. Judges picked a 1st, 2nd, 3rd & an Honorable Mention for ribbons. The shorebirds were staked out on the beach and judges viewed them from 15 feet away to determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. There is also a Vintage Decoy display and attendees got to vote on their favorite bird. Some wonderful decoys were included in that spread again this year with a tie going to a brant by Mitchell Fulcher and a blackhead that was by Bob Pigott & Mitchell Fulcher.
Congratulations to Andy Pope with his first place Baldpate / Widgeon decoy; to Stan Rule with his 2nd place Wood Duck decoy; to Robbie Robertson with his 3rd place Gadwall decoy; and to Jason Michaels with his Honorable Mention Blackhead. Man, the competition was keen again this year with some great decoys in that spread. Congratulations to Robbie Robertson with his 1st place Black Plover shorebird; to Blair Boyd with his 2nd place Yellowlegs shorebird; and to Stan Rule with his 3rd place Ibis shorebird.
Tim Evans as usual did an amazing job auctioneering off these great pieces to the lucky winners. Jack Dudley was there and will have his new book about Harkers Island out in December, and author Deborah Van Dyken was also in attendance with her books.
Loon Day is usually held in May of each year at the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild Headquarters/The H. Curt Salter building on Harkers Island. This year because of everything it was pushed out to June, so mark your calendar for May of next year and I bet you will enjoy seeing some great hand-carved decoys, mingle with some good people, eat some great food, and perhaps you can go home like I did with a real treasure!
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Loon Day is an annual event typically held by the Guild in May, but this year will be held on Saturday, June 19th! The event will much like Loon Days held in previous years with decoy and shorebird competitions, a live auction, and lunch!
In the tradition of Loon Day, the first several years the decoy 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.
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.
The annual shorebird decoy competition will be accepting entries first thing in the morning. Entries will be staked out on the beach thereafter, and judges will view them from 15 feet away to determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. All entries become property of the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild. The winners will be announced along with other competition winners. With the exception of the 1st place shorebird, the winners will get to pick their favorite bird from the entries to keep as their prize.
Various vendors will be set-up in the parking lot and lunch will be available (for a donation). The Guild will follow all recommendations regarding masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizing stations will be available. Please plan now to join us at 10am on Saturday, June 19th, 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. Come out and enjoy a great day of fun, fellowship, and food!!