WHAT ARE GOURDS?
Over the years I have heard this question so many times. If you are curious about gourds, a brief explanation is: gourds are a natural grown plant, that is planted in the spring, grows all summer to develop into beautiful "fruit" that is left on the vine at the end of the growing season and will harden over the fall and winter months. After this time the fruit will appear to rot, get moldy and dry to a lighter weight. Now it can be cut from the vines, moved to a storage location and left to completely dry until spring of the next year, and then the dirt and mold is washed away from the outer surface. What remains is a beautiful, hard shelled gourd that can be used for crafts, vessels, musical instruments or whatever you can imagine. If taken care of, Gourds will last for many years if stored properly. A lot of hard work and some help from mother nature, goes into creating a gourd. Requires a year to produce. This is what makes them so special!
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This is a partial list of Gourd Festivals and Gourd Art Shows. If you know of a gathering not listed here, please e-mail the information to me and I will be happy to post it. My e-mail address is email@example.com. I will try to keep up with the latest information on all these gourd shows.
Feb 12-14 2016
Arizona Gourd Society & Wuertz Farm's Annual Gourd Festival, Casa Grande, AZ
Feb 26 - 28 2016
Florida Gourd Society Festival, Azan Shrine Center, Melbourne, FL
April 9 2016
Wisconsin Gourd Society's Festival, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI www.wisconsingourdsociety.org
April 9-10 2016
Missouri's Show Me Gourd Society's Festival, Springfield, MO www.showmegourdsociety.com
April 22-24 2016
California - Baskets and Gourds, Containers of our Culture VI, Visalia, CA
May 6-7 2016
Indiana Gourd Society's State Show, Boone Co Fairgrounds in Lebanon, IN www.Indianagourdsociety.org
May 13 - 15 2016
Kentucky Gourd Show, Spencer Co Elementary School, Taylorsville, KY www.KYGourdSociety.com
May 29 - 31, 2016
Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering, Cherokee Indian Fairgrounds, 441 Sequoyah Trail, Cherokee, NC. For more information, www.gourdgathering.net
June 16-18 2016
Pennsylvania Gourd Fest, Lebanon Valley Expo Center. For more information contact www.pagourdsociety.org
July 15 - 17 2016
Michigan Gourd Society's 3rd Annual Gourd Gathering, Ann Arbor, MI
Aug 19-21 2016
Texas Gourd Show, New Braunsfield Civic Community Center, texasgourdsociety.org
Sept. 10-11, 2016
North Carolina Gourd Society Festival - Holshouser building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC
Sept 24-25 2016
Georgia Gourd Society's Fest at the Kiwanis Building on the Fairgrounds, Griffin, GA
Sept 24-25 2016
Hawaii Gourd Society's 2016 Festival will be held at IPU Lani Farm, Captain Cook, HI
Oct 28-30 2016
Virginia Lover's Gourd Society's 14th annual festival at the Harvest Gathering - clark Co Fairgrounds, Berryville, VA
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