North Carolina Gourd Society

NCGS Presents The 79th Annual NC Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival
Hanging Out with Gourds

Saturday Nov. 6th, 2021 9am - 5pm & Sunday Nov. 7th, 2021 10am - 4pm

NC State Fairgrounds - Holshouser Bldg.

Admission $3 - NCGS members and Kids under 13 free!

This year's theme includes mobiles and wall hangings.
Entries will be displayed flat on a table unless the artist supplies a different display.

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.

We have been planning the 2021 festival ever since the last one was cancelled because of COVID. We are watching the statistics very closely and are planning on having the festival unless the governor intervenes or good sense obliges us to postpone.

Everyone's health is our first priority.
To that end, we invite you to sign up to volunteer.

Sign up to Volunteer

We cannot hold the festival without help!

2021 NC Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival Class registration is OPEN!

You will be able to sign up for classes and preorder swag online that you will pick up at the festival. We have tee shirts, a dynamic patch, tote bags, hats, and aprons. There's something for everyone. We will reserve your classes and items and bill you in mid October when we confirm we are putting on the festival.


Information for Instructors and Vendors.

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Festival Classes

Once again this year we will have classes for beginners and experts alike.  Class information will be posted in Aug.   
Also, our Make & Take table will be available for quick crafting for a small fee.


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. Enter some of your gourd creations! This year our special category will have the Festival Theme of "Hanging out with Gourds".


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...

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.

Kids Table

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


This year we will be having a Raffle both Saturday and Sunday during the festival.. All proceeds support the Festival and educational work of NCGS. Donations do not have to be gourd related.


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. Join North Carolina Gourd Society


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. Contact Teresa Vales, 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 will be Saturday November 6, 2021 at 5:30pm at the Holshouser Bldg. (immediately following the festival).