Annual Show-Me Gourd 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 has 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! You will be issued a full refund for your dinner, competition entry fees, and workshop registrations. We apologize for all the inconvenience this has caused, and we look forward to seeing you next year. Madonna Watermon, SMGS President

The Show-Me Gourd Society proudly hosts a weekend gourd art festival April 4-5, 2020. Gourd workshops are scheduled all weekend starting on Friday April 3. These workshops are taught by some of the most talented gourd artists and crafters in the country. Artists are invited to enter gourds, either crafted or raw. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival is open to the public. Trained judges select the best gourds in each class. Ribbons are awarded for first, second, and third place. Special awards and certificates are also given. A host of vendors sell their wares at the festival. They have dried gourds of all shapes and sizes, crafted gourds, patterns, books, tools, dyes, embellishments, and many other supplies. SMGS also provides educational displays, demonstrations, and informative handouts.

    Open to the public on April 4 and 5
        Saturday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
        Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Workshops will begin on Friday, April 3

Admission: $5.00. Children under 12 free!
    Good for both days of the show. Parking is free.


    Ozark Empire Fairgrounds
    3001 N. Grant Ave. - E*Plex West
    Springfield, MO


  • Nationally-recognized gourd artists showing and selling and teaching
  • Live auction - noon on Saturday
  • Free demonstrations throughout the weekend
  • Vendors selling gourds, gourd supplies, gourd art, and embellishments
  • Dried gourds for sale
  • Workshops with teachers from around the USA
  • Artists Competition: young artist, novice, intermediate, advanced, and master
  • Competition and Honor Awards
  • Fine Art Raffles