Friday, February 17, 2012

Florida Gourd Show

Gourds are…Springing Up All Over
The annual Florida Gourd Show will be held February 24-26, 2012 in Melbourne, Florida.  The admission and parking are free with lots of gourds to see and/or purchase.  Gourd artists from various states will have booths inside the building selling their unique “art,” other vendors will offer “how-to” books, hard-to-find gourd crafting tools, and all manner of other specialized crafting supplies.  The gourd competition exhibits will be open for viewing on Saturday and Sunday only.  Local and out-of-state artists, vendors and growers welcome the opportunity to talk about gourds and “spread the gourd glow.”

Shoppers will find a selection of thousands of undecorated and hundreds of decorated gourds to choose from. There will be a dinner on both Friday and Saturday nights.   A gourd auction will be held on Saturday evening immediately following the dinner. Under an outdoor covered arena commercial growers will sell thousands of dried gourds in all shapes and sizes. 

Advance registration for the workshop classes is advised.  Many of the more popular classes sell out by show time.  For a complete schedule of activities, forms to register for classes, accommodations, and a map with directions to our indoor location, please visit the Florida Gourd Society, Inc. website at  HYPERLINK ""  

Hours of operation:
Gourd Show Hours:           
Friday and Saturday:           9:00 to 6:00
Sunday:                                9:00 to 4:00
Vendor booths:  
Friday and Saturday:           8:00 to 6:00
Sunday:                                9:00 to 4:00
Workshop classes: 
Friday and Saturday:           8:00 to 12:00 and 2:00 to 5:00
Sunday :                               9:00 to 1:00
Judged gourd exhibits:
Saturday:                             9:00 to 5:00
Sunday:                                9:00 to 2:00 

Azan Shrine Center
1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd.
Melbourne, FL  32935.

The Florida Gourd Show is just one of about a dozen such shows held around the country by State Chapters of the American Gourd Society.  More information about this and other state gourd shows, as well as about many other aspects of the gourd hobby, are available by contacting The American Gourd Society, P.O. Box 2186, Kokomo, IN 46904-2186, or visiting their website at  HYPERLINK ""

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