And the Loon Day results are in….Congratulations to all the winners!!!
Loon Day Decoy Competition:
First Place – Jack Gardener with a redhead
Second Place – Steve Robertson with a hooded merganser
Third Place – Robbie Robertson with an Old Squaw
Honorable Mentions were awarded to Andy Pope’s brant and Casey Arthur’s Canada goose
First Place – Ken Humphries with a godwit
Second Place – Jerry Talton with a curlew
Third Place – Stan Rule with an egret
The Core Sound Goose and Brant decoy artifacts display was a hit again this year…..a BIG THANK YOU to Casey Arthur for organizing this terrific addition to the Loon Day events for this year! The folks in attendance had a chance to vote for their favorite decoy of the display, and they chose a Mitchell Fulcher roothead brant from the collection of Jerry Talton!
It was a FANTASTIC day!! Great food was provided by Fat Fellas, and the live auction was a huge success! THANK YOU to Walter House for his excellent auctioneering services!!
THANK YOU to everyone that came out on Saturday – all those that brought decoys or shorebirds for the competitions, volunteers, those that brought decoys for the artifacts display, and all those who attended! Special thanks to Gordon Allen for all the amazing photos! Extra special thanks to Patrick Eubanks for his recent work on the air condition at the Guild building – it was a HOT day on Saturday but the Guild building was nice and cool!! THANK YOU Patrick!
Mark your calendars for next year’s Loon Day – May 11th, 2019!
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!
The 3rd annual Loon Day Shorebird Competition kicks off shortly after floating the Loon Day birds. The rules are simple…carvers may enter any style or species shorebird they wish and will need to rig them for staking out on the beach. The birds will be judged from a distance of 15 feet, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be able to pick a bird to take home with them out of the entries as their reward. Please remember to also include a stand for your bird. All entries not taken by the winners will be auctioned off following the competition. In addition to this contest, there will be a special one day exhibit of antique Core Sound Geese and Brant! Anyone who wishes to bring a bird to display for the event may do so. There will be an opportunity for spectators to cast a vote for their favorite decoy! Show up around 10 am with your decoy to display. Decoys will be photographed and included in future Guild publications. For more information please contact Casey Arthur 252-241-8001.
Please plan now to join us at 10am on Saturday, May 12th, 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 Bert Billings (910-279-7608) for competition rules and regulations, and if you are mailing your entry.
Come out and enjoy a great day of fun, fellowship, and food!!