Gourd Art Competition

SMGS is excited to invite you to the 2022 SMGS Gourd Art Festival. We have waited so long to be "Reunited... and It Feels So Gourd!"

We will again host a Gourd Art Competition and can't wait to see everyone's awesome artistic inspirations. 


Things to know for 2022...

  • We want you to have a place to exhibit all your gourd creations that have been long awaiting the SMGS Festival competition, therefore participants in the 2022 competition may actually enter two gourds into competition classes.
  • Participants must choose one division within the Crafted Gourds Category: Young Artist, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, or Masters. Unlimited classes within that category may be entered.
  • All participants may enter unlimited classes in the Growers Category and the Other Category no matter the division of Crafted Gourds they enter.
  • As always, the SMGS Gourd Art competition will be judged by American Gourd Society Certified Judges.
  • First (blue), Second (red), and Third (white) Place awards will be awarded to classes. This year it is possible for an artist to win two awards in one class if they enter two pieces into that one class.
  • Special Awards for 2022 Festival:
    • NEW this year is the M.E.G.A Star award. The Most Enthusiastic Gourd Artist award goes to the participant who enters the most pieces into the competition. Winners will receive MEGA Bucks to be redeemed for purchases at the 2022 Vendor Booths. First place will receive $25 in MEGA Bucks and second place will receive $15 in MEGA Bucks. Participants from any Crafted Gourds division may win this award. Ribbons awarded will only be considered if there is a tie.
    • Best of Show
    • Artist of the Year (this honor is presented to the artist who creates the 2022 Best of Show)
    • People's Choice
    • Artistic Expression — 1 award presented for each Crafted Gourd Division: Young Artist, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Masters.
    • SMGS President's Award
    • Springfield Mayor's Award
    • 2022 Grower Vendor Award
    • 2022 Supplier Vendor Award