The 24th annual Maine Coast Carving and Art Competition and Show will take place in Belfast at the Boathouse on Front Street Saturday, July 14, and Sunday, July 15. The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. This show displays the work of about 50 carvers, artists and photographers from the New England area. All forms of carving, from decoys to caricatures, can be viewed. Artwork and photography are limited to wildlife and Maine coastal scenery. Entrants must register their entries on Friday, July 13, between noon and 6 p.m. or on Saturday from 7 to 9 a.m.

Judging will take place on Saturday, with the floating decoys judged in the harbor, weather permitting. Levels are Youth, Novice, Intermediate, Open and Masters. Rules can be found online at

All carvers, artists and photographers in the area are invited to compete. Entry charges are $5 for youth; $7 for novice, intermediate and open; and $12 for master. There is no limit to the number of entries one can place in the show, but all entries must have been completed since July of 2011.

A raffle of two items will be held, with the drawing to take place at 3 p.m. Sunday. This year the two raffle items are a Puffin watercolor print by Fred Hartman of Whiting and a carving of an American avocet by Erwin Flewelling, of Northport. Tickets are $1 each, or six for $5.

There is no admission charge for this show.