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34th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival

34th Annual Core Sound Decoy Festival

Harkers Island comes to life the first full weekend in December each year as the Core Sound Decoy Guild holds its annual Core Sound Decoy Festival. The first festival was held in 1988 and it has become an annual pilgrimage for many.

The festival has many attractions that include antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, and several types of competitions including decoys, shorebirds, head whittling. There’s always delicious food offered by Harkers Island Elementary School staff and volunteers, and plenty of shopping opportunities from the many vendors who flock to the festival each year.

Sunday is Youth Day with all children under 18 free.  There are special Door Prizes and a host of great events like Kids Decoy Painting, Archery, Youth Decoy Competitions, and more to keep ’em busy!

Locals Recommend

“The Core Sound Decoy Festival has become our annual pilgrimage Downeast.”

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Event Details

  • Date & Time:
    Saturday, December 3, 2022
    9am – 5pm
    Sunday, December 4, 2022
    10am – 4pm
  • Location: Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild – 1574 Harkers Island Road, Beaufort, NC.
  • Admission: $8 Daily, Children under 12 free. Sunday is Youth Day with all children under 18 free.
  • Distance from Hotel: 16 mi. (25 min. drive)