2017 Competition Rules and Basic Information


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  1. The theme for the 2017 SMGS Festival is “A Gourd Day at the Zoo”.  
  2. Any gardener can enter their gourds in the Dried Gourds/Growers Category.  Any crafter/artist can enter their work in the Crafted Gourd Category.  Anyone can enter the Other Category for  “Gourds in other Media” and the Challenge competitions.   
  3. Membership in a gourd society is not required but is encouraged. 
  4. This year there are 107 different classes of competition.  There are 10 classes of competition for dried gourds and 97 classes of competition for crafted gourds.  There is even a “Gourds in other Media” class that can be any kind of art/ craft where the subject is a gourd but there is no gourd involved in the actual piece.  There is something for everyone! 
  5. Participants are allowed one entry per class.  
  6. All crafted entries in Category 2: Crafted Gourds must be entered in the same Division.
  7. All Category 1: Growers entries must be grown by the person entering them.
  8. All Category 2: Crafted Gourds and Category 3: Other entries must be the exhibitor’s own work. 
  9. An entry that has been entered in a previous SMGS competition will not be allowed. 
  10. This is a family event and therefore any entry that is deemed offensive or inappropriate for children to view will be removed from the competition. 
  11. The entry form is included at the end of the competition section and on-line at www.showmegourdsociety.com. 
  12. All Preregistered entries for the Show-Me Gourd Show will be charged (per entry) $2.00 entry fee if you are a current member of the Show-Me Gourd Society and $3.00 for non-members - except for Category 2 - Crafted Gourds Youth Division.  Entries into the Youth Division is free.
  13. Preregistration must be received by March 20, 2017.
  14. Late registration (received after March 20, 2017) and unregistered “walk-in” entries on the day of the show will incur a late fee of $5.00 for each item entered into the show.  If an exhibitor that preregistered their entries brings to the show additional entries, each non-preregistered entry will incur a late fee of $5.00. 
  15. Exhibitor packets with entry tags will be available at the door when exhibitors arrive with their entries (for those exhibitors who have preregistered).  Preregistration is extremely helpful to the set-up team as they prepare the competition tables to ensure that there is adequate room to properly display your crafted gourd(s). 
  16. Please read carefully the descriptions of each competition Category and Division (Novice Division, Youth Division, Intermediate Division, Advanced Division, and Master Craftsman Division).  Be sure that you are entering in the proper Category and Division. The judges reserve the right to reassign your entry to a different Class or different Division if necessary.
  17. Please read carefully the descriptions and requirements of each Class of Competition that you plan to enter.  The section on “Gourd Crafting Terms and Definitions” on the SMGS website and in the show booklet will be helpful in clarifying questions you may have.  If your entry does not fit the requirements as specified in each Category, Division and Class of competition, it may be disqualified.  If the competition Class description asks for a listing techniques used or other specific information, be sure the required information is included with on the gourd entry tag when you enter your gourd in the show.   Missing information may be cause for disqualification. In addition, it is the responsibility of the artist entering to note any special characteristics, unusual or irregular technique that may affect the judging of a specific entry.  Space will be provided on the entry tag.  
  18. If you have questions, you may contact the Competition Chair, Nancy Amburgey, at amburgey21@centurytel.net.
  19. Competition entries will be accepted for placement in the show on Friday, April 7, 2017 between 1:00 and 5:00 pm.  An exception will be made for ONLY the FRIDAY AFTERNOON students and teachers  - Their entries will be accepted for placement between 12:00pm and 1:00pm on Friday.  
  20. There will be a receiving table for the entries as they come in.  Judging team volunteers will place the entries on the competition tables.  If a judge sees that an entry is entered in the wrong Class the judge may move it to the correct Class. Entrants are not allowed to move their entries after they have been placed. 
  21. The competition display table area will be closed to the public (and exhibitors) during the placement and until after the judging is completed. 
  22. Judging will take place on Friday, April 8 beginning at 5:30.  Judges’ decisions are final. 
  23. Ribbons will be awarded to the top three entries in each class.  At the judges’ discretion, fewer ribbons may be awarded.  If there is only one entry in the class, it does not necessarily guarantee a blue ribbon. 
  24. The judged gourd art show will be open to the public on Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm and on Sunday, April 9 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. 
  25. Exhibitors may place their business cards by their entries on Saturday at 9:00 am when the show opens to the public. 
  26. Photography will be allowed at this competition.  By entering the 2017 SMGS Gourd Art Festival, you are agreeing that your work may be photographed. 
  27. The Show-Me Gourd Society will provide reasonable security during the festival but assumes no responsibility for damage to or theft of items. 
  28. All entries must remain in place until the show is closed (announced on the PA system by the show chairman) at 3:00 pm on Sunday, April 9.  Failure to abide by this rule may result in not being allowed to enter in the next year's competition.
  29. Gourds not claimed on Sunday, April 9 by 5:00 pm become the property of the Show-Me Gourd Society unless special arrangements have been made prior to that.
  30. Laser work on Gourds will not be accepted into the SMGS Competition at this time.
  31. Any intellectual infringement(s) including copyright, trademarks or licensing rights are NOT allowed unless written approval by the intellectual owner is included with the entry.  This includes logos, lyrics, slogans, etc.   Entries that violate this rule will not be judged.  
  32. Gourd bases/stands are permitted, but are not mandatory.  The base should be complementary to the gourd art and of stable construction.  Electrical outlets are not available for revolving stands - thus it should be battery operated.  The base will not be considered in the judging unless permanently attached or a note is included with the entry to include the base with the judging.
  33. Make certain all materials (feathers, plant or animal parts) are legal to possess under state and federal statutes.

    Many may not know that it is illegal to collect, buy, sell or to use most native wild bird feathers according to  the US North American Migratory Bird Act (MBTA).  (For more information, see https://www.fws.gov/birds/policies-and-regulations/laws-legislations/migratory-bird-treaty-act.php.)

    Exceptions exist for the feathers of legally-hunted gamebirds, and for the use of feathers by Native Americans.  For more information, see the FAQ page (http://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/faq.php).  

    In addition to feathers, each state has lists for endangered or threatened native species of plants and parts of animals.  
  • It is the responsibility of the individual to be able to demonstrate feathers did not come from protected wild birds. Endangered plant materials were not used.
  • Protected animal parts were not used.
  • It is the intention of the SMGS that all entries are to follow state and federal laws regarding the use of materials in the entries.  It is beyond the SMGS to be able to list all regulated items that are illegal to collect or possess.  Materials used in the entries shall NOT violate any state or federal laws.