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Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend & Decoy Festival

Core Sound Museum and Heritage Center
1785 Island Road
Harkers Island, NC 28531
December 2, 2022 – December 4, 2022
6:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Event Description

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend brings a celebration of waterfowling heritage to the Core Sound Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island during the first weekend in December. The Core Sound Decoy Guild also hosts the annual Core Sound Decoy Festival during this same weekend.

This unique celebration brings together dozens of artists, carvers and crafters to showcase their work during the Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend. Throughout the weekend, in addition to the museum filled with artists and crafters, patrons can enjoy unique events, great food, fun entertainment and a fellowship service on Sunday morning.

The Decoy Festival will be hosting decoy exhibits and retriever demonstrations, along with duck calling, loon calling and head whittling competitions. It’s the perfect way to experience the holiday season “Down East.”

This event is fun and family-friendly, so make your way out to Harkers Island for Waterfowl Weekend and the Decoy Festival this December!

Waterfowl Weekend Schedule

Our annual celebration of Down East’s traditions beginning Friday evening with the Island’s “Bring Back the Lights” opening night and a new event, Core Sound Chow Down.

The “Bring Back the Lights to Harkers Island” decorating contest will light up Harkers Island from the bridge to Shell Point.

The Core Sound Chow Down features local cooks, each with their own special chowder-stew to serve. There’s also a cooking contest with James Beard recipient Chef Ricky Moore, Editor Marcie Ferris, Locals Seafood’s Ryan Speckman and Lin Peterson and other seafood leaders featured in “Edible NC.” Picnic tables and plenty of Christmas lights will add to the festive atmosphere as Harkers Island’s big weekend gets underway.

Saturday will offer everything from scallop fritters to sweet puppies, artists and carvers and an online auction.

And on Sunday, morning church.


As always, admission is free and everyone is welcome.



Parking at National Park Service, golf carts will be circling to pick you up
(No cars – except pickup and deliveries – inside the Museum parking lot)
CCATS Shuttle Service will be provided from the school.

Decoy Festival Schedule

Located at Harkers Island Elementary School, 1163 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC

Saturday, December 3rd, 2022   9am – 5pm

9:00am – Show Opens
9:00am – Carving Competition Registration, NCWRC Safari Trailer
10:00am – Competition Judging
11:00am – Retriever Demonstration
2:00pm – Retriever Demonstration
5:00pm – Show Closes

Sunday, December 4th, 2022   10am – 4pm

10:00am – Show Opens – YOUTH DAY!!
10:00am – Competition Judging
10:00am –NCWRC Safari Trailer
1:00pm – Head Carving Contest
1:00pm – Retriever Demonstration
3:00pm – Youth Prize Drawing (ages 6-17)
3:30pm – Awards Presentation, Announce 2023 Featured Carver/bird, and raffle drawing winners for the Shotgun, Decoy, and Print.

Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend & Decoy Festival

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