Annual Show-Me Gourd Art Festival


Due to the continuing threat of Covid-19 that the Show-Me Gourd Society 2021 Art Festival has been cancelled. While we will miss the opportunity to reconnect with our gourd friends, the risk to the health of our members and friends is still too great. Please watch for information on our 2022 festival.

Start your planning now!!! Help us make the SMGS 2021 Gourd Art Festival our best year yet.
  • Same theme as 2020: It's a Blooming Thing!
  • 2021 Festival competition will have the same competition categories as 2020 - you should already have a head start!!
  • Looking for vendors

Join us for the 2022 Show-Me Gourd Society Festival. Gourd workshops will be scheduled all weekend starting on Friday. 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.

DATES AND HOURS
    Open to the public
        Saturday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
        Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Workshops will begin on Friday

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

 

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

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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