Click below for the complete... 2014 Vendor & Competition Packet ...in .DOC form..
2014 Instructor Registration Packet ...in .DOC form.
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.
Gourd Festival hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission prices for the 2014 Festival: NCGS members, Children under 16, and Workshop participants = FREE! All others just $2!
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 2014 Vendor & Competition packet linked above to find some you'd like to try.
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.