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, a head whittling contest, and decoy competitions with categories for every kind of carver. There are fun activities for children and educational exhibits, as well as live and silent auctions. Wonderful event full of decoys, great food, and friends!


1163 Harkers Island Rd
Harkers Island, NC 28516

(252) 728-3755

Updated July 10, 2019

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