Selected Terms and Definitions:


Accessories or accessory material: This is any material, gourd or otherwise,  that is added to the gourd(s) to complete a display. Accessory material is permitted except where specifically prohibited.

Assorted: Any class calling for “assorted” gourds should contain gourds of  differing shape, color and size, within the limitations stated for the class.

Base: Often gourds require assistance in order to sit firmly at the proper angle. A “base” is that support material – wood, rubber, metal, gourd, etc. that holds a gourd at the proper attitude. It may or may not be attached to the gourd.

Clear finish: Any finish, such as colorless varnish, shellac, wax, or oil, which enhances the overall appearance of the gourd or gourd craft but adds no color (except the slight darkening that may accompany the clear finish) is considered clear.

Color: This is any medium that adds to, or changes the color of a gourd (except the slight darkening that may accompany use of a clear finish). Examples of color that may be applied to a gourd include, but are not limited to, paint (acrylic, oil, watercolor, etc.), stain, ink, dye, colored pencil and shoe polish.

Cut Gourd: A cut gourd is one in which the shell has been penetrated by cutting, carving, drilling, burning, etc. Bowls, baskets, vases, etc. are examples of cut gourds.

Gourd Basket: A gourd with the top cut off and a handle attached, or a gourd cut so that the top serves as a handle. Lids are generally optional.

Gourd Bowl: Usually a round gourd that is wider than it is tall. The general appearance is a container that is intended to sit still.

Hardshell: These are “white blossom” gourds of the genus Lagenaria. They include, but are not limited to the bottles, dippers, canteens, cannonballs, bushels, kettles, bananas, etc.

Ornamental: These are “yellow blossom” gourds which are generally very colorful. They represent the genus Cucurbita. They include, but are not limited to the spoon, egg, orange, crown of thorns, spinning gourd, etc.

Other: When used in the Show Schedule to define a class, the word “other” indicates a class or technique which has not been previously specified.

Paint: Color may be added to a gourd by paint, stain, ink, etc. In general paint refers specifically to acrylic, oil and water color paints, including water and solvent-based markers. Paint does not include stain, dye, or ink.

Special Exhibit: These are non-competitive displays of gourds or gourd-related items that have educational or artistic interest.

Special Competition: Those competitive classes not covered by the AGS Handbook, and not part of the Official Show, are noted as Special Competition.

Whole Gourd: This is a gourd which does not have holes or openings cut,  burned, or drilled completely through the shell. It  may be called an "uncut gpourd". Carving may be accomplished on a whole gourd as long as the work does not completely penetrate the shell.