Judging Criteria


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Judging will be according to AGS rules, Scoring Option  "C" for ALL CLASSES.  For additional information on AGS rules, see http://americangourdsociety.org/judging.html.

 

Judging Points for Category 1: Dried Gourds/Growers

• 50% Cultural Perfection: mature, clean, and free of imperfections, such as bug scars, etc. 

• 50% True to Type: represents the ideal shape and size of its type name

 

Judging Points for Category 2: Crafted Gourds and Category 3: Other, Class 107 

• 45% Workmanship:  skill, technique and attention to detail 

• 45% Creativity:  originality and impact of design; use of color and line; enhancement of gourds natural beauty and shape. 

• 10% Gourd Quality:  gourd variety, size, shape and structure “fit” well with the overall design used. (A note may be included with the entry for a gourd is used where a major blemish or flaw is incorporated in the design or presentation of the gourd.

 

Judging Points for Category 3: Other, Class 106

• 50% Workmanship:  skill, technique and attention to detail 

• 50% Creativity:  originality and impact of design; use of color and line

 

 

Awards and Honors

 

Entries in each class of competition may be awarded: 

  • 1st place Blue Ribbon 
  • 2nd place Red Ribbon 
  • 3rd place White Ribbon

In addition, in the Youth Division, a green participation ribbon is given to those who did not place in the top three. 

 

Special Ribbons are given for:

  • BEST OF SHOW — Chosen by the team of judges. (Winner will be given a booth at the 2018 SMGS Festival and in the future will move to the Masters Division in the Competition)
  • SMGS PRESIDENT’S AWARD — Chosen by the SMGS President. 
  • SHOW CHAIRPERSON’S AWARD  — Chosen by the current Show Chairman. 
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE  — Chosen by the public voting for their favorite gourd in the show. 
  • MAYOR’S AWARD  — Chosen by the Mayor of Springfield, or the Mayor’s representative. 
  • BEST OF DIVISION (5 awards)  — Youth, Novice,  Intermediate, Advanced, Masters — Chosen by the judging team.

One year SMGS membership will be given to:

  • BEST GROWER VENDOR BOOTH   — Chosen by judges and clerks. 
  • BEST SUPPLY VENDOR BOOTH  — Chosen by judges and clerks. 
  • BEST ART/CRAFT VENDOR BOOTH   — Chosen by judges and clerks.