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
2021 Competition Divisions, Categories, and Classes will remain the same as the 2020 Festival. Let's make 2021 the best year ever!
There are three Categories in the SMGS Competition. The Categories are Growers, Crafted Gourds, and Other. The Crafted Gourds Category has five Divisions: Youth, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Masters. Questions? Please contact: Alan and Lynda Roberson — firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the Online Competition Registration for SMGS Members OR
Lynda and Alan Roberson
Show-Me Gourd Society
2315 S. Ellison Way
Independence, MO 64055
The Growers Category are for entries of gourds in their natural state.
Judging Points for Growers
Growers Entry Classes
The Crafted Gourds Category is for entries that are have been altered, or crafted, from the natural state and includes five Divisions: Young Artist, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Master Craftsman. A description of each of the Crafted Gourds Divisions and entry classes follows. It is the responsibility of the individual to make certain that their entries are placed into the correct Division. An individual may enter into only one Division within the Crafted Gourds Category. They may enter multiple classes within a Division, but only one entry for each class.
Judging Points for ALL Crafted Gourds
The Young Artist Division is divided into Gourd Crafting Competition Classes based on age. This Division is for youth up to 17 years. The goal of the Young Artist Division is to introduce young people to the "world of gourds" and the wide variety of crafting that is possible using gourds. A young person who feels they can compete at a higher level is welcome to do so and will need to abide by the requirements for that specific division, however artist MUST choose only one division to enter and cannot return to the Young Artist Division after entering.
Young Artist Entry Classes
Young Artists can enter up to two pieces within their age class. This is to encourage further development of skills. Artwork entries can be a crafted using any theme and any technique. The following themes are suggested to get creative ideas flowing.
The Novice Division is for gourd crafters/artists that are relatively new to gourd crafting. They may have not sold gourds and have not taught a gourd class for a fee. Once you win five blue ribbons in the Novice Division, you MUST move up to the Intermediate Division. It is not necessary to enter the Novice Division if you feel you are working at a higher level. If you win Best of Show, you MUST move up to the Master Craftsman Division. You MUST choose only one Division to enter in the Crafted Gourds Category.
Novice Entry Classes Based on Techniques
Novice Entry Classes Based on Themes
This Division is for crafters/artists that understand and use basic techniques. They may have sold gourds but have not taught a gourd class for a fee. If artists have won 10 blue ribbons at the Intermediate Division, they MUST move up to the Advanced Division. If they have won Best of Show they MUST move up to the Masters Division. You may enter a higher Division if you feel you are working at the next level. You MUST choose only one Division to enter in the Crafted Gourds Category.
Intermediate Entry Classes Based on Technique
Intermediate Entry Classes Based on Theme
The Advanced Division is for artists who have progressed to a more complicated level of work. The artist MUST be good at multiple techniques and finishing skills. All work MUST be the artist’s original design. They may have taught a gourd class for a fee but are not showing their work in fine art galleries and have not won Best of Show. If they have won Best of Show they MUST move up to the Masters Division. You MUST choose only one Division to enter in the Crafted Gourds Category.
Advanced Entry Classes Based on Technique
Advanced Entry Classes Based on Theme
This Division is for artists whose work shows excellent use of multiple techniques and finishing skills. All work MUST be the artist’s original design. Their work may have been shown in art galleries, may have won top awards in competition, or have reached the level of Fine Art. If you have previously won Best of Show, you MUST enter at the Master Division. You MUST choose only one Division to enter in the Crafted Gourds Category. First, second, and third place awards will be assigned in each of the Master Craftsman competition Classes.
Masters Entry Classes Based on Technique
Masters Entry Classes Based on Theme
All participants may enter these classes even if you have entered in other divisions. Only one entry per artist be class.
Other Entry Classes