Annual Show-Me Gourd Art Festival


The Show-Me Gourd Society proudly hosts a weekend gourd art festival April 8, 9, 2017. Gourd workshops are scheduled all weekend starting on Friday. These workshops are taught by some of the most talented gourd artists and crafters in the country.

On Saturday and Sunday, the festival is open to the public. Members are invited to enter gourds, either crafted or raw, into any of the over 90 classes. 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 raw gourds of all shapes and sizes, crafted gourds, patterns, books, tools, dyes, embellishments, and many other supplies. The SMGS also provides educational displays and informative handouts free to public.

2017 Theme: A Gourd Day at the Zoo

DATES AND HOURS
    Open to the public on April 8 and 9
        Saturday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
        Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Workshops will begin on Friday, April 7

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
  • Dried gourds for sale
  • Live auction - noon on Saturday
  • Vendors selling gourd supplies, gourd art, and embellishments
  • Workshops with teachers from around the USA
  • Competition classes: youth, novice, open, and master
  • Competition and Honor Awards
  • Kid's Make and Take area
  • Baskets of Gourd Supplies and Fine Art Raffles