North Carolina Gourd Society

Mark your calendars!! The 78th Annual NC Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival will be held Nov. 9-10, 2019.
The 2019 Competition theme will be "Fun and Games with Gourds".
THANK YOU to everyone for a great 2018 festival!

NCGS Presents The 77th Annual NC Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival

Saturday Nov. 3rd, 2018 9am - 5pm & Sunday Nov. 4th, 2018 10am - 4pm

NC State Fairgrounds - Holshouser Bldg.

Admission $2 - Kids under 16 free!

The NC Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival takes place annually on the NC State Fairgrounds, in the Holshouser Building, at 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607 Click here to see map. Here are the links for local area hotels ( and for fairgrounds accommodations (
Click Here To see an article on this year's NC Gourd Festival.

Saturday Note: Due to the scheduled NC State Football Game on Saturday at 3:30pm, the only accessible fairground gates will be Gate #5 and #11. We recommend that you enter the fairgrounds from Youth Center Rd at Gate #5. See the map here.

JUST ADDED! Garden Talks
Raymond Konan, AGS Acting President, speaking about: "GOURD -Most Important Plant in All of Human History?" Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am and 1:30pm
Paulette Disbrow, Hector's Creek Specialty Farm, speaking about: Saturday at 2:30pm "Planting Seeds and Seedlings" & Sunday at 12:30pm "Gourd Picking"

During the festival, be sure to stop by the Pita Delite food truck to satisfy your hunger and delight your palate. Click Here to see the menu.

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, crafting supplies and seeds. Buy a dried gourd straight from the gourd patch, or try your hand at gourd craft. Choose some seed and grow a gourd or ten. Gourd growers and crafters will compete for ribbons from heaviest and longest to best gourd animals, flowers, masks, bowls and more. Click to see pictures from past festivals. Come to the festival to experience the following:

Festival Classes

Once again this year we will have classes for beginners and experts alike. CLICK HERE to see the class listings. Student registration is from August 1st to October 31st.
NEW THIS YEAR: We will be having a "Make and Take" table at the festival for quick crafting.
INSTRUCTORS: Click here to read the instructor information sheet.


Come to the Festival to see all of the wonderful gourd craft creations that have been entered into the competition and even vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award. Or, better yet, enter some of your gourd creations! This year our special category will have the Festival Theme of "Gourd Creatures Great and Small". For competition information, CLICK HERE.


We will have vendors from near and far selling dried gourds, crafted gourds, and crafting supplies. Also, stop by the NCGS club table for gourd books, t-shirts, seeds, etc... CLICK HERE to see our vendor list.
VENDORS: Click here to read the vendor information sheet.

Gourd Displays

Come see the Gourd Displays showing how gourds have been used around the world. Also, you can see many gourd instruments, utensils, dolls, bowls, rattles, etc... Also, don't miss NCGS's giant music playing gourd.

Youth Table

Calling all kids! Come to the free youth table to have some fun making a gourd craft.

Silent Auction

NEW THIS YEAR: We will be having a Silent Auction during the festival. Click Here to see Auction items (updated weekly). All proceeds support the Festival and educational work of NCGS. Please consider making a donation to be auctioned off. Donations do not have to be gourd related.
Auction Viewing Times: Saturday 9am-1pm
Auction runs from 1pm-2:30pm on Saturday


Join or renew your NCGS membership at the festival and enter to win a gift basket. Annual Membership costs $12. Membership dues help support the continued presence of the NCGS and its work of promoting gourds and gourd education. Membership includes a quarterly newsletter and NCGS updates.


It takes many people to run a 2 day gourd festival. Volunteers do all of the setup work, provide table coverage and assist with the competition. Each person who volunteers 4 or more hours receives a free gourd t-shirt. One volunteer will be awarded the 'Cliff and Maggie Teague Award', which has a $50 cash award and a 1 year NCGS membership. CLICK HERE to sign up to be a volunteer. Contact Ellen Healy ( for more information.

NCGS Quarterly Meeting

Each year our Fall Quarterly Meeting and Festival Awards Presentation is held on the Saturday evening of our Festival. We would love to have you attend!! The NC Gourd Society will host its Fall Quarterly Meeting dinner on Saturday November 3, 2018 at 6:30pm only 1 mile from the festival at the Backyard Bistro, 1235 Hurricane Alley Way, Raleigh, NC 27607, 919-851-6203