December 2017 Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM admission is $8 except for children under 12. Sunday, which begins at 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM, is Youth Day and all children under 18 receive free admission and door prizes. The Core Sound Decoy Festival has been a coastal tradition since 1988. Held the first full weekend in December on Harkers Island, this two-day festival includes antique decoy exhibits, retriever demonstrations, and competitions, including duck calling, loon calling, and head whittling. There are a variety categories for the competitors, including youth division. There are activities for children and educational exhibits, as well as live and silent auctions. Harkers Island Elementary School staff and volunteers dish out scrumptious food, and vendors spread their wares for shoppers who flock to the festival. This event benefits the Core Sound Decoy Carver's Guild and Harkers Island Elementary School and is the area's largest off-season event.
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