Two divisions dropped from decoy-carving contests

Published 12:21 am Monday, January 25, 2016

DAILY NEWS FLOATERS: Some entries in the decoy-carving contests are required to float.

FLOATERS: Some entries in the decoy-carving contests are required to float.

The carving component of the annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and North Carolina Decoy Carving Championships won’t have as many competitions as in years past.

This year, according to the East Carolina Wildfowl Guild, competitions won’t be held in the O’Neal’s Drug Store Gunning Decoy division or the Tar River Annual Decoy Event division. The guild sponsors the following competitions: North Carolina Decoy Carving Championship division, decorative-head carving division, Pamlico River gunning pairs, contemporary antique decoy division and the North Carolina songbird division.

This year, the hooded Merganser drake is the species for the North Carolina carving championship, with the black-bellied whistling duck drake the species for the decorative head carving championship. This year, any marsh duck is the category in the Pamlico gunning decoy pairs carving contest. The carving competitions (tentative) include seven International Wildfowl Carvers Association contests.

Carving champions will be announced Sunday afternoon (about 3 p.m.) at the Peterson Building next to the Washington Civic Center.

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

The IWCA competitions  — which include open, intermediate and novice categories — also include the following: competition-grade decorative life-size wildfowl decoys (floating), decorative life-size carvings (identify sex and species), decorative miniatures, Pamlico gunning decoys, working decoys (Charles Moore memorial), IWCA-type shorebird-style carvings (identify species) and Tri-County Telephone canvas gunning decoys.

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 to 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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