Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show Goes Virtual

CARVERS CONTESTS: Even nevertheless the two-working day function with sellers, dock canine diving, tunes and food stuff will have to be bypassed this year, the decoy contests will carry on, nevertheless not for spectators. (Supplied Picture)
The 38th annual Outdated Time Barnegat Bay Decoy and Gunning Clearly show, hosted by the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation and the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, will be going digital in 2020.
“This show is commonly a two-day party at Suggestion Seaman County Park in Tuckerton, and it attracts countless numbers of people,” claimed Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, chairwoman of the Ocean County Division of Parks and Recreation. “Because of protection concerns resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, we will not be keeping the demonstrate this calendar year but will convey some of the once-a-year highlights to the general public practically.”
Keeping a virtual clearly show alternatively than just canceling it makes it possible for the county to keep on to endorse and figure out the traditions of the baymen and be a understanding encounter for people who are unaware of the Barnegat Bay traditions, Haines extra.
6 of the decoy judging contests will continue: Barnegat Bay Gunning Decoy Contest – Regular Divisions and Modern day Division, Delaware River Gunning Decoy Contest, Common Shorebird Decoy Contest, Youth Gunning Decoy Contest and Shorebird Decoy Contest. Awards will be offered online on Sunday, Sept. 27, on the Ocean County Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page.
“The award presentation marks the fruits of each individual exhibit and highlights the ideal of the very best of the Barnegat Bay traditions,” mentioned Haines. “Even although we will not be gathered at the park to present the awards, we will figure out these winners virtually as we honor the heritage and custom that comes from Barnegat Bay.”
The contest guidelines can be located on the parks separtment’s web site, oceancountyparks.org.  All entries must be registered by 10 a.m. Sept. 19, when judging will choose area lakeside at Tip Seaman County Park. The contest location will be open up only to judges and contestants registering carvings.
Other awards commonly offered at the present will be folded into the 2021 exhibit, like the Hurley Conklin Award – the emphasize of the once-a-year award presentation – which is awarded to people today who have lived their life in the traditions preserved by the demonstrate.
“As we prepare to give the public an idea of what this present each year entails, we will have archival movies and pics from earlier reveals posted, along with new videos that includes interviews and matters linked to decoys and other traditions of our region’s baymen,” Haines said.
She extra she anticipates the 2021 yearly Outdated Time Barnegat Bay Decoy and Gunning Clearly show will be a person of the best at any time, and organizing will be underway in the close to upcoming.
“The coronavirus will not preclude us from continuing to preserve this heritage. We hope absolutely everyone will join us on line this calendar year.”
For far more facts, pay a visit to OceanCountyParks.org or contact 609-971-3085.  —P.J.

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