Ocean County Press Release
TUCKERTON – The culture of the Barnegat Bay region of Ocean County will be highlighted at the 36th annual Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show at Tip Seaman County Park and Tuckerton Seaport, here.
The two-day festival is scheduled to run rain or shine from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 29 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 30.
"This free family friendly event gives residents and visitors the opportunity to experience life as we know it on the Barnegat Bay," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little. "It is a great learning experience for those who are unaware of the rich traditions of the men and women who once earned their livelihoods from our local waters and surrounding lands."
The festival opens each day with skeet shooting. Competitions in carving, calling, retrieving and boat building fill the day, while music by Pinelands' musicians will be playing at both sites throughout the festivities. Also, over 300 vendors will be offering duck calls, sporting artwork, decorative carvings, model boats, guided hunt services, hunting dog supplies, and more.
Hunters and non-hunters alike can enjoy viewing the retriever contests and the Dock Dog competitions as well as listening to local musicians. The highlight of the annual awards ceremony, which is a part of the show, will be the Hurley Conklin Award, which is awarded to individuals who have lived their lives in the traditions preserved by the show.
"This show focuses on the traditional skills that were commonplace at one time in areas on and around the bays of Ocean County," said Ocean County Freeholder Deputy Director John C. Bartlett Jr., who also serves as liaison to the Ocean County Parks Department. "Through a series of competitions, exhibits and demonstrations, we are helping to preserve the heritage and traditions of the bay for years to come."
Both festival sites are on Route 9, south of downtown Tuckerton. Take Exit 58 of the Garden State Parkway or Route 539 and follow the signs to the parking lots at Tuckerton Seaport, Pinelands Regional High School and Freedom Fields County Park that are served by continuous shuttles.
For more details visit www.OceanCountyParks.org or call 609-971-3085.