Global appeals: Festival will include international contests

Published 12:27 pm Saturday, January 17, 2015

FILE PHOTO | DAILY NEWS THE EYES HAVE IT: Judges at a previous North Carolina Decoy Carving Championships event closely scrutinize entries.

THE EYES HAVE IT: Judges at a previous North Carolina Decoy Carving Championships event closely scrutinize entries.

International wildfowl carving championships will be part of the 20th East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and North Carolina Decoy Carving Championships in Washington next month.

“We again expect birds coming in from all over the country, especially this year because we are hosting several international competitions. So, we do expect that we’ll get birds not only from the United States but beyond Canada as well,” Lynn Wingate, Washington’s tourism-development director, told the City Council during its meeting Monday.

The Washington Tourism Development Authority manages the festival, with the East Carolina Wildfowl Guild managing the decoy-carving contests.

The International Wildfowl Carvers Association’s 2015 Style Shorebird and Working Decoy Championships take place Feb. 7 as part of the festival weekend, Feb. 6-8. The IWCA competitions  — which include open, intermediate and novice categories —also include the following: decorative life-size wildfowl (floating), Tom Gardner Memorial Award (intermediate), decorative life-size wildfowl (nonfloating), decorative miniature, Pamlico gunning decoy and Tri-County Telephone canvas gunning decoy.

The East Carolina Wildfowl Guild sponsors the following competitions: North Carolina Decoy Carving Championship division, decorative-head carving division, Pamlico River gunning pairs, Tar River Annual Decoy Event, O’Neal’s Drug Store Carolina gunning decoy division, contemporary antique decoy division and the North Carolina songbird division.

The carving competitions will occur at the Peterson Building adjacent to the Washington Civic Center.

A little more than $8,000 in prize money could be distributed, including the $1,000 purchase award that goes to the winner of the North Carolina Decoy Carving Championship. The harlequin drake is the competition bird in that contest.

First-in-show prize monies range from $1,000 to $100, depending upon division.

The city’s tourism website — — has a link to the festival’s website. (Click on the “Arts and Culture” icon, then scroll down that page to the “East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival” link and click on it.) Another option is to simply visit www.ecwaf.comto access the festival’s website. Both options provide links to details of the carving contests.


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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