Competition Information and Entry Form

Competition Entry Deadline August 31, 2024

The North Carolina Gourd Society is the alpha chapter of the American Gourd Society (AGS). Our annual competition is judged by AGS certified judges.

Festival Theme:HALLOWEEN
Steps for entering the competition
  1. Consider joining NCGS for $15 here; otherwise, a $20 fee is charged per person for nonmembers in Divisions I (Grower), IV (Intermediate), and V (Advanced). To verify membership, please contact our Membership Chair at [email protected]
  2. Read here the competition information packet. This document explains all the rules.
  3. Choose which Division(s) (I, II, III, IV, V, or VI) you will be entering. Read the descriptions carefully to ensure you pick the correct division(s).
  4. Select the competition categories in your chosen division(s). Each division has several categories and you may enter all of them! Only one entry per person per category is allowed.
  5. Select your entry method. There are THREE ways to enter. Email or U.S. mailed entry forms are recommended to avoid delays when dropping off entries at the festival and to allow sufficient time for the staging of the competition and the creation of entry tags.
    • Email – print the entry form here, fill it out, scan it, and email it to [email protected] by August 31, 2024.
    • U.S. mail – Print the entry form here, fill out the form, and mail it to Stan Atwood, 1002 Black Oak Court, Apex, NC 27502. Mailed entry forms must be RECEIVED by August 31, 2024.
    • Walk-in – Print the entry form here, fill it out and bring it to the festival on Friday, September 6, between 5 pm and 7 pm. (Note: walk-in entries are not acceptable on Saturday.)
  6. Bring your gourds to the festival during drop-off times.
    • Drop off times are Friday, September 6, from 5 pm – 7 pm and Saturday, September 7, from 7:30 am – 8:30 am. All entries brought on Saturday must have been pre-registered via email or U.S. mail to the competition chair.
    • Remove or cover any names or other identifying personal information on the item. Initials are acceptable.
    • Have each of your entries photographed by our photographer before attaching the competition tag.
    • For each item, the festival will provide an entry tag which must be attached. After judging, the exhibitor’s name will be uncovered on the entry tag. A standard business card may be placed on competitive exhibits after judging.
    • Be sure that your gourds are checked in, photographed, and tagged before judging begins at 9 am Saturday.

Thanks for entering the competition and enjoy the festival!!

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