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.

Show-Me Gourd Society Art Festival 


Due to the unknown threats of the coronavirus in our communities and lives, it is with a heavy heart that the SMGS Festival Committee decided to cancel this year's Show Me Gourd Society Festival in Springfield, MO April 3–5, 2020. This was a difficult decision to make knowing all the students, vendors, instructors, and gourd artists who have made arrangements to come, not to mention all the hard work the committee has done planning the event. But in the end we felt it important to protect the health and safety of our gourd lovers and friends. To all of you who have been patient with us as we sorted through the final decision, we Thank You! We look forward to seeing you next year. Madonna Watermon, SMGS President
KEEP CREATING!!! The SMGS 2021 Gourd Art Festival, April 10–11, will have the same theme and the same competition categories and classes.

Merril McHenry


Gourd Artist of the
Year 2019-2021


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