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

Show Hours
Friday, October 6, 2017: noon to 5pm
Saturday, October 7, 2017:  9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 8, 2017:  10 am to 4 pm

Workshops: Fri & Sat 9-5

Show Theme: “The Wizarding World of Gourds”
Gourds really do verge on being magical!  One plants a drylooking seed, a small plant emerges and grows to take over the garden, green fruits appear and take on infinite shapes and sizes, and the gourds mature into hard forms.  The various gourd forms become birdhouses, bowls, baskets, Santas, flutes, canteens, penguins, geese, turtles and dragons! As wizards and witches are said to use their powers to cast spells, we may find ourselves spellbound by the mysteries gourds themselves hold, by  the  skills  of  gourd  artists  and  by  the  talents  of  gourd musicians.  Grab a gourd, dance to the rhythm of the gourd drum and show the world what you can do. Work your magic!

Welcome to the 2017 Ohio Gourd Show.  The show is staged in two buildings 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, music, and special programs are featured at the Show.  Performances and presentations throughout the weekend will highlight the wizarding world of gourds, gourd art, and gourd music.

Music programs are planned for Saturday and Sunday.  For the latest information on shows and schedules, please see the Ohio Gourd Society website at www.ohiogourdsociety.com.

Rum River Blend, performing on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., 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.  Read about them, see them and hear their music at www.rumriverblend.com.

On Sunday, Glenn Parks and his banjo are featured.  Glenn entertains from the stage, and also strolls around the Show.  Glenn is a past president of the Fretted Instrument Guild of America, and is a member of the Ohio Events and Festivals Association.  In 2012, he was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK.  His website, www.banjoentertainment.net details his many appearances at county fairs, festivals, churches, retirement and nursing homes and other miscellaneous events.

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 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 (see reservation form) 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 2017:
10 Three Cheese Gourds
14 Any “Arbor-grown” Hardshell (no Dipper Gourds).
20 Three Cannonballs or Basketballs.
22 Three Tennessee Spinning Gourds (aka Tennessee Spinners).
46 Longest CROOKED gourd (any variety), must exceed 4” total curve.
87 Thunder drum only.
90 Thumb piano only.

2017 Schedule of Events

Friday, October 6th
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
6:00 p.m. -- Ohio Gourd Society meeting

Saturday, October 7th
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 8th
9:00 a.m. -- Christian Worship.. Everyone is welcome.
10:00 a.m. -- Show opens to the public.
11:00 --  Music throughout the day by Glenn Parks
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

2017 Ohio Gourd Show Committee
President Abe Martin, 740-454-3522
Show Chair Bruce Barber, 614-206-6083
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, 614-206-6083
Dinner Bruce Barber, 614-206-6083
Music Program Lois Smith, 937-447-2845 
Demonstrations Celia Roberts. 937-692-6122