North Carolina Gourd Society

NCGS Presents The 78th Annual NC Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival

Saturday Nov. 9th, 2019 9am - 5pm

Sunday Nov. 10th, 2019 10am - 4pm

NC State Fairgrounds - Raleigh, NC

Holshouser Bldg.

Admission $2 - NCGS Members and Kids under 16 free!

Online registration is closed. Please bring your entries to the Holshouser building Friday night from 5-7 pm, or Saturday morning from 7:30 - 9 am


All non-members of NCGS must pay a one-time entry free of $15 to enter into Division I, Division IV or Division V catagories.
(You may enter all categories for just one fee.)

Or you may wish to join NCGS for a yealy membership of $12, and enjoy the benefits of free entry into all categories!

STEP 1:     Click below to pay your one-time entry fee (only for Division I, IV, OR V catagories), or Join NCGS.

    Click here to read the competition information packet. (Competition Packet - Download PDF here; Download Word Doc here)

    Choose which Division/s (I, II, III, IV, or V) you will be entering. Pick which competition category (total of 71 categories) in your chosen division best suits your gourd entry.

    Complete an online competition entry form by October 31, 2019 by choosing the appropriate form below or see the bottom of this page for mail-in instructions:
  • Division I Grower Categories

  • Division II Youth Categories

  • Division III New Artist Categories

  • Division IV Intermedate Competition Categories

  • Division V Advanced Categories
Note: If not completing an online form, see below for mail-in or walk-in instructions.

STEP 5:    
Drop off your gourd entry at the festival during drop-off times. Be sure that your gourd is checked in, tagged, and on display before 9am on Saturday.

Thanks for entering the competition and enjoy the festival!!


*Note: If online completion of forms is not possible, you can download and print the competition entry form from the competition packet (Competition Packet - Download PDF here; Download Word Doc here). Please mail the completed form by October 31, 2019 to:

North Carolina Gourd Festival
Attn: Stan Atwood
1002 Black Oak Court
Apex, NC 27502

Walk-ins, please bring the completed form with your gourd entry.