Welcome to the North Carolina Gourd Society!

What’s happening?

  • Volunteer here! People who volunteer at least 4 hours can register early for classes! (Early registration will start approximately May 25. Those who qualify will get an email with the link to register.)
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  • Call for vendors: 2024 Festival!
  • Click here for vendor info – deadline is June 30
  • (Instructor application deadline was May 15)

  • Enter the competition! Our theme is “Halloween” but that’s just one of 57 total categories! From Grower to Youth to New artist to Intermediate to Advanced, we’ve got a place for you!
  • Two new categories in 2024 are
    • Head of the Class (gourd crafted in a class)
    • Collaborative Gourd (crafted by more than one artist)
  • Click here to learn more and register

  • Quarterly membership meeting: Saturday July 20, 2024, at 11 am Eastern time. All NCGS members will be sent a Zoom link.

  • Gourds were featured on CBS Sunday Morning! Great video here!


  • THANKS to all the volunteers, vendors, instructors, and attendees at the 2023 festival!