Visit the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival in Washington, NC this Weekend
2/7/2014 8:07 AM
Little Washington is the place to be this coming weekend as the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and North Carolina Decoy Carving Championships gets underway, starting on Friday at 6 p.m. with a special preview event and oyster roast. Tickets for this event are $40 per person, and include admittance to the entire festival, which opens to the public on Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Tickets the weekend are $12.
During the special preview on Friday night, festival organizers will unveil the portrait that will become the 2014 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print, also known as the North Carolina duck stamp.
Along with more than 75 other vendors and exhibitors, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will have a booth at the festival, in the sportsman tent, located in front of the North Carolina Estuarium at 223 E. Water Street. Staff will have give-aways such as issues of the award-winning Wildlife in North Carolina, buttons, hunting and fishing guides, and information on educational opportunities offered by the agency.
Since 2008, the Wildlife Commission, in partnership with the East Carolina Wildfowl Guild, has conducted a nationwide art competition for the state’s duck stamp, which attracts some of the most talented wildlife artists in the country. Past winners include Scot Storm, who’s won North Carolina’s competition twice so far, and last year’s winner, Jeffrey Klinefelter, an acclaimed wildlife artist from Indiana.
Proceeds from sales of the print and stamp support the Wildlife Resources Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for the conservation of waterfowl habitat in North Carolina.
Other festival events include a children’s decoy painting competition, decoy carving competitions, retriever demonstrations, raffles and door prizes. Find out more about the festival by visiting the East Carolina Wildfowl Guild’s website, and make your plans now to visit little Washington this weekend.