Sponsored by the Ohio Gourd Society
Delaware County Fairgrounds
236 Pennsylvania Avenue
Delaware Ohio 43015

Show Hours
Friday, October 5, 2018: noon to 5pm
Saturday, October 6, 2018:  9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 7, 2018:  10 am to 4 pm

Workshops: Fri & Sat 9-5

Show Theme: “Fall into Gourds”
Fall is upon us!  This is the season for colorful leaves, apple cider, pumpkins, cool crisp mornings, and GOURDS. There will be dark and light green gourds, orange and yellow gourds, white gourds, striped gourds, smooth gourds, warty gourds, small gourds, and huge gourds. As the leaves fall, it's time for us to fall into our gourd patches to discover the wonderful shapes that nature has given us.  And since we have fallen into our gourds, it is time to see the art that is hidden in each gourd.  It's time to set those special gourds aside to dry and then to become artistic treasures.  So go ahead, fall into your gourds and come out with something wonderful!

Welcome to the 2018 Ohio Gourd Show, staged on the Delaware County Fairground (watch for signs).  The Fairground is located at 236 Pennsylvania Avenue, Delaware, Ohio.  The Show is open to the public with an admission fee of $5.00 per person ($7.00 for the weekend).  Parking is free, and children twelve and under are admitted without charge.

Food, gourds, gourd art, art and craft supplies and special programs are featured at the Show.  Demonstrations and presentations throughout the weekend will highlight the world of gourds, and gourd art.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Dj Dingo8 of the Restart House Music crew. Since 2002 Dingo has been running one of the longest running dance music nights in the mid-west.  For the gourd show, the music will span the 60s through 2000s with feel good vibes the whole family can enjoy. Catch Restart House Music 4th Fridays of every month at Brothers Drake Meadery.  Check www.facebook.com/RestartHouseMusic or their website (restarthousemusic.com) for event details and additional information.

Gourd workshops  are offered on Friday and Saturday.  On-site registrations for workshops will be accepted as space permits.

A free and open demonstration event will take place on Sunday afternoon in the workshop area.  The tables will be available for showing tools and techniques, for working on a favorite project or for conversation.  Come and watch, ask questions, or share your special skills and ideas with other gourd artists.

The Show opens to the general public at Noon on Friday; however, competitive entries will not be complete until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.  A brief OGS meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday.

The Saturday dinner  includes presentation of special awards and an auction of gourds, gourd art, and gourd-related supplies.

The Ohio Gourd Society proudly recognizes and thanks all of its sponsors, supporters, and friends.  Special recognition goes to the Ohio Arts Council and the Ohio Festivals and Events Association for grants, local support, and publicity.

The OGS also extends thanks to Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH for providing excellent meeting space for the society, and for promoting and supporting gourd cultivation and gourd art.

New for 2018:

Class 94  Guiro Only.
Class 111 Other ethnic theme – single or multiple gourds. (Please attach a note to name the theme being displayed.)

2018 Schedule of Events

Friday, October 5th
9:00 a.m. – Noon. Workshop classes
9 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Gourd entry tags available. Exhibitors may place entries.
Noon - Show opens to the public
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Workshop classes
5:00 p.m. -- Show closed for the day
6:00 p.m. -- Ohio Gourd Society meeting

Saturday, October 6th
9 a.m.-- 11 a.m. -- Gourd entry tags available. Exhibitors may place entries
9 a.m. Show opens to the public.  .
9 a.m. – Noon –  Workshop classes
11 a.m. -- Music with Rum River Blend
11 a.m. -- Entries close
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Judging of competitive entries. All or portions of the show area may be closed for judging.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Workshop classes
2 p.m. -- Music with Rum River Blend
5:00 p.m. Show closes for the day
6:00 p.m. Gourd Dinner (pre-registration is required), awards and gourd auction

Sunday, October 7th
9:00 a.m. -- Christian Worship.. Everyone is welcome.
10:00 a.m. -- Show opens to the public.
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Open demonstrations/information exchange
4:00 p.m. Show closes for the season. See you next year!

***Competitive entry schedule
***Competitive entry form
***Workshop Schedule
***Dinner registration
***Vendor regulations
***Selected terms and definitions

2018 Ohio Gourd Show Committee
President Nelson Litzenberg, 740-501-7918
Show Chair Bruce Barber, 614-206-6083
Publicity Christina Voise, 740-815-622=7
Workshops. Nelson Litzenberg, 740-501-7918
Entries John Martin, 937-446-2174
Judging Laura Martin, 937-446-9308
Staging Karen and John Martin, 937-446-2174
Celia and Norm Roberts, 937-692-6122
Vendors Gordon Smith, 937-447-2845
Dinner Bruce Barber,614-206-6083
Music  Lois Smith, 937-447-2845 
Demonstrations Celia Roberts. 937-692-6122