The 23rd annual Maine Coast Carving and Art Competition and Show will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10 at the Belfast Boathouse at Steamboat Landing, foot of Commercial Street.

Open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 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, while artwork and photography is limited to wildlife and Maine Coastal scenery.

Entrants must register their entries Friday, July 8 between noon and 6 p.m. or Saturday from 7 to 9 a.m. Judging will take place Saturday morning with the floating decoys judged in the harbor, weather permitting, at about 11 a.m. The public is invited to view the judging process. Judges work from rules set up by the association and judge each entry individually. There are different judges for different levels of ability, which are Youth, Novice, Intermediate, Open and Masters.

The Penobscot Bay Carvers and Artists Association was formed in 1988 with 10 charter members from the nearby area. The group has grown to include members from Massachusetts and New Hampshire and from the entire state of Maine. 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 the master level.

A raffle of two items will be held with the drawing at 3 p.m. Sunday. This year, the two raffle items are a “Pair of Loons” pen, ink and watercolor by Fred Hartman of Whiting; and a carving of a loon by Charlene Nelson from Jonesport. Tickets are $1 per ticket, six for $5. There is no admission charge for this show.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to