Welcome to the World of Gourds

The Show-Me Gourd Society (SMGS) is a non-profit organization that was established in 1997. We are the XI Chapter of the American Gourd society (AGS) which oversees more than 25 state chapters in the nation.  Our purpose is to support the arts by promoting the gourd art medium. We do this by encouraging youth and adults to learn about gourd art through our festival workshops, competition, and patch meetings. Our organization is made up of people who love to share their talents with gourds.

Add our 2020 festival to Your Calendar!


Gourd artists, gourd farmers, and commercial gourd supplier vendors are invited to join us for the 2020 Show Me Gourd Society Festival at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Event Center, 3001 N. Grant Springfield, Mo 65803 from April 4–5, 2020. Learn More

2020 Workshops 

Instructor Proposals Needed Now!!  


The Show-Me Missouri Art Festival is known for its variety and quality of workshops offered throughout the weekend. Learn More

Merril McHenry


Gourd Artist of the
Year 2019-2020


Help keep the Show Me Gourd Society running smoothly.