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The North Carolina Gourd Society

Proudly Presents

The 75th Annual NC Gourd Festival

September 10-11, 2016

This year's festival theme:

Gourd Sculpture!

In the Holshouser Building, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC

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FYI: Below this comment is information left over from the 2015 festival. It is left as a place-holder until we have information to put up for the 2016 festival. Until that time you can browse the old information and links to see what-all to expect at our gourd festivals. Hopefully you will be inspired and decide you want to visit, or even participate! in the 2016 festival!

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The North Carolina Gourd Society

Proudly Presents

The 74th Annual NC Gourd Festival

-- September 12-13, 2015 --

-- Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   and   Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. --


23August2015 - The NCGS Quarterly Meeting & Festival Awards Dinner information has been added to the bottom of this page.

06August2015 - Gourd mask-making replaces gourd jellyfish making.
Does someone know something we don't?? ;-)

02August2015 - Oh, WoW!! Several MORE workshops have been added!! Click the link below to check 'em out! :-)

Oh yes... The theme for this year's gourd festival is...

* G o u r d * B l i n g ! *


Click below for the complete...

2015 Crafting Workshops Descriptions
and schedules.

2015 Vendor & Competition Packet
...in .DOC form..

2015 Instructor Registration Packet
...in .DOC form.

Click to see pictures from past festivals!


General Information

The NC Gourd Festival takes place annually on the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, which also hosts many other events the same weekend.

Click on the following choices to view maps to the NC State Fairgrounds and vicinity: larger view area map and smaller view area map. Click here to view a map of the fairground buildings and gates with the surrounding roads. This year all gourd events will again be held in the Holshouser building, located near the Village of Yesteryear and the Flower & Garden Show areas of the state fairgrounds.

The admission fees help pay for the rental of the building and the insurance for its use. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which means donations are tax deductible. Upon request, the North Carolina Gourd Society will provide a receipt for use in filing your taxes.

This year there are approximately 70 competition categories, including ones for any age or skill level. Have a look at the Vendor & Competition packet linked above to find some you'd like to try.

What to Do at a Gourd Festival

At this celebration of the venerable cousin of squash you will see gourds from around the world and from our own backyards. Displays of historic and exotic gourds will show how this garden oddity has served in our households since the beginning of civilization. You will meet crafters and growers who can teach you how to turn a moldy gourd straight from the garden into an object of lasting beauty. On sale will be gourds, gourd craft, supplies and seeds.

Buy a dried gourd straight from the gourd patch, or try your hand at gourdcraft. Choose some seed and grow a gourd or ten. Gourd growers and crafters will compete for ribbons in around 70 categories---from heaviest and longest to best gourd animals, flowers, masks, bowls and more. Click to see pictures from past festivals.


Fall Quarterly Meeting and Awards Banquet

Each year our Fall Quarterly meeting is held on the Saturday evening of our Festival. This year's fall quarterly meeting and banquet will be held...

jpg of meeting info.

Last modified: 07Jan2016 by: EC