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

Show Hours
Friday, October 2, 2015: noon to 5pm
Saturday, October 3, 2015:  9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 4, 2015:  10 am to 4 pm

Workshops: Fri & Sat 9-5, Sun 1-4

Show Theme: “Gourds in Space”
Imagine gourds in space!  Are they planets, stars or meteors?  Are they ships, space stations or satellites? Are they space travelers or aliens?  Let you imagination run free and think of all the things your gourds could be if they were in space.  Size, shape, color and texture all combine to yield a variety of gourd art as big as the universe.  Let your creativity soar through space!

Welcome to the 2015 Ohio Gourd Show.  The show is staged in several buildings on the Delaware County Fairground (watch for signs).  The fairground is  located at 236 Pennsylvania Avenue in Delaware, Ohio.  The show is open to the public and the admission fee is $5.00 per person ($7.00 for the weekend).  Parking is free, and children twelve and under are admitted free.
     Food, gourds, gourd art, gourd music and special programs are featured on the grounds.  Programs and presentations will provide information about gourds and gourd art.  Gourd crafting opportunities will be available for children and adults without advance reservations.
    Music programs are planned for Saturday and Sunday.The group performing at the 2015 Show is Rum River Blend (RRB). Rum River Blend, performing on Saturday and Sunday, is a favorite local group known for their variety of music and entertaining style.  The group performs a blend of Traditional Bluegrass, Gospel and Folk music and the audience is always encouraged to join in for sing-along, play-along fun.  Currently based in Troy, Ohio, RRB plays music to have fun.  They bill themselves as ‘Unprofessional Entertainment’.  Rum River Blend can be contacted by phone at 937-440-9834, or by Email at music@rumriverblend.com.  You can read about them, see them and hear their music at www.rimriverblend.com.
     Gourd workshops (registration required) are offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  On-site registration for workshops is accepted as space permits.  The Show opens to the general public at Noon on Friday; however, competitive entries will not be complete until Saturday at 11:00 a.m..  A brief OGS meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Friday.
     The Saturday dinner (registration required) includes presentation of special awards and an auction of gourds, gourd art, and 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 Ohio Festivals and Events Association for grants, local support and advertising.
     The Ohio Gourd Society also extends thanks to Royalwood, Ltd. (1-800-526-1630) of Mansfield, Ohio for support and sponsorship of gourd exhibits at the Ohio State Fair.  Royalwood carries Basket Weaving Supplies & Irish Waxed Linen Thread (royalwoodltd.com).

New for 2015
2015 Schedule of Events

Friday, October 2nd
9:00 a.m. – Noon. Workshop classes
Noon - Show opens to the public
Noon  - 6 p.m. - Gourd entry tags available. Exhibitors may place entries.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Workshop classes
5:00 p.m. -- Show closed for the day
6:15 p.m. -- Ohio Gourd Society meeting

Saturday, October 3rd
8 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
10 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.
6:00 p.m. Gourd Dinner (pre-registration is required) and gourd auction

Sunday, October 4th
9:00 a.m. -- Christian Worship.. Everyone is welcome.
10:00 a.m. -- Show opens to the public.
11:00 --  Music with Rum River Blend
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshop classes
2:00 pm -- Music with Rum River Blend
4:00 p.m. Show closes for the season. See you next year!

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

2015 Ohio Gourd Show Committee
President Anna Miller, 419-257-2597
Show Chair Bruce Barber, 740-965-4661
Publicity Christina Voise, 740-815-6227
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
Gourd Vendors Gordon Smith, 937-447-2845
Camping Bruce Barber, 740-965-4661
Dinner Bruce Barber, 740-965-4661
Music Program Lois Smith, 937-447-2845 
Demonstrations Celia Roberts. 937-692-6122