Mississippi Gourd Society
Psi Chapter of the American Gourd Society


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Updated website on March 29, 2014 

The objectives of the Mississippi Gourd Society are to promote the culture and crafting
 of gourds, to provide informational and educational services to its members, to have all
members involved in the promotion of gourds and gourd crafting, and to provide an  
annual  show for the promotion of gourds, gourd crafting, the sharing of ideas, and
 general fellowship with other members.  We hope you'll  join us in this effort, both here in
 Mississippi and in other areas of the country.  We're all gourdheads, no matter where we are!

Mississippi Gourd Society is a non-profit organization.

The 5th Annual Mississippi Gourd Festival will be held on September 20-21, 2014, at the Smith County Ag Complex, 131 SCR 77 (Oil Field Rd.), Raleigh, MS.  Hours are 9 AM - 5PM on Saturday and 9 AM - 3PM on Sunday.  We will have early bird classes on Friday, 1 PM -5PM.  Y'all come!!

We are looking for a good gourd carving teacher for our Festival in September. Our teachers for the last two years is unable to make it because of a conflict (darn you, Florida Gourd Retreat!), and we need a good carving teacher. If you are, or know of, somebody who may be interested, please send particulars (experience, previous shows taught at, etc.) to our Classes Chair Susan Byra at stbyra@gmail.com. Please put carving teacher in the subject line. Thanks in advance for any help you can give us!

Mississippi Gourd Society has donated $250 to the Fisher House at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS. That was 20% of our admission receipts at the 2013 Mississippi Gourd Festival plus donations. Thanks to all of you who paid your $2 admission charge and helped us support the Fisher House. A Fisher House is "a home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.

Would you like to become a member of Mississippi Gourd Society? 
Annual dues are $12 for individual or family membership.  Membership year runs from September 1 through August 31. 
Dues are prorated if joining in any month except September.  Members receive updates mainly via email.
(Just a note:  MSGS members are invited to pre-register for classes before the general public is invited.) 
We publish two newsletters per year.  We have an electronic form and PayPal links on the About Us page. 
This makes it easy for new members and renewing members.  Please visit the About Us page for more info.  
Click here for a membership application/renewal form you can print and mail. 

Would you like to place an ad for gourds or gourd-related items in our newsletter?
We publish a newsletter in January and July.  Click on file for an ad form:  Newsletter_Ad_Form2013.pdf
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Contact Mississippi Gourd Society:   info@mississippigourdsociety.org

Please visit our FACEBOOK page!   Add your questions, comments, and gourd photos!

Are you looking for raw gourds to buy?

Check out the Who's Who/Links/Vendors page. 

April 3-5, 2014 Louisiana Gourd Society's 2nd Annual Gourd Festival, New Iberia, LA  www.louisianagourdsociety.org

April 12, 2014 Wisconsin Gourd Festival, Madison WI  www.wisconsingourdsociety.org

April 18-20, 2014 Tennessee Gourd Society's Annual Gourd Festival, Pikeville, TN  www.tennesseevolunteergourdsociety.org

April 24-26, 2014 Maryland's Gourd Day, Harford, MD  gourdday.org

April 25-27, 2014 California's Baskets and gourds, containers of our culture, Visalia CA californiagourdsociety.com

April 26, 2014  Ghost Creek/South Carolina Gourd Fest, Laurens, SC  scgourdsociety.com

April 26-27, 2014 Missouri's Show Me Gourd Society's Gourd Art Featival, Springfield, MO www.showmegourdsociety.com/festival/index.html

May 3-4, 2014 Indiana Gourd Society's Annual Gourd Show, Lebanon, IN  indianagourdsociety.org

May 16-18, 2014 Kentucky Gourd Society's 2014 Show, Taylorsville, KY  kygourdsociety.org

May 22-June 22, 2014 Southwest Gourd and Fine Art Show, Kerrville, TX  kacckerrville.com

May 30-June 1, 2014 Cherokee Gourd Artists Gathering, Cherokee, NC  www.gourdgathering.net
This year's theme is "Gourds of OZ"

June 6-8, 2014  Washington State, NW Gourd Art, Whidbey Island, WA  wagourdsociety.org

June 19-21, 2014 Pennsylvania Gourd Society's Annual Gourd Fest, Lebanon Valley Expo Center & Fairgrounds  www.pagourdsociety.org

June 28-29, 2014 CAGSs GourdStock, Bates Nut Farm, Valley Center, CA www.californiagourdsociety.com

July 25-27, 2014 Washington State, NW Gourd Art, Ellensburg, WA wagourdsociety.org

August 15-17, 2014 Texas Gourd Scho, new Braunsfel Civic/Convention Center  www.texasgourdsociety.org

August 16, 2014 Mountain Gourd Gathering, Cedar Mountain, NC  www.mountaingourgathering.weebly.com

Sept. 6, 2014  AGS Annual Membership Meeting, North Carolina's Gourd Show, Raleigh, NC

Sept. 6-7, 2014 North Carolina's Gourd Show, NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC www.ncgourdsociety.org

Sept. 13-14, 2014 New York State Gourd Fest, Cutler Gardens@cornell Cooperative Extension, Binghamton, NY  americangourdsociety.org/NewYork

Sept. 17-21, 2014 Florida Gourd Society's Annual Retreat  www.flgourdsoc.org

Sept. 20-21, 2014  Mississippi Gourd Society's 5th Annual Mississippi Gourd Festival, Raleigh, MS  www.mississippigourdsociety.org

Sept. 20-21, 2014 Illinois Gourd Show, Chicago Botanic Garden illinoisgourdsociety.org

Sept. 27-28, 2014  Georgia Gourd Society's Gourdfest, Griffin, GA  www.georgiagourdsociety.com

Oct. 4-5, 2014 Ohio Gourd Show, Delaware, OH  ohiogourdsociety.com

Oct. 18-19, 2014  Alabama Gourd Show, Cullman, AL  www.alabamagourdsociety.org

Nov. 1-2, 2014 Idaho Gourd Festival, Boise, ID  www.idahogourdsociety.org

Nov. 15-16, 2014  Washington State Juried Gourd Art Show, Country Village, Bothell  wagourdsociety.org

The above photos are classes that were offered at the 2013 Mississippi Gourd Festival.  What classes would you like to see offered this year?  What are you interested in?  You may email us at info@mississippigourdsociety.org.

4th Annual Mississippi Gourd Festival
September 27, 2013  A big THANKS to everyone that helped make the festival last weekend a success!   Our crowd was a bit lighter.  We were dry and cool inside the Ag Complex, but the rain was a deterrent for some folks.  A portion of our admission proceeds will be donated to Fisher House of Mississippi at Keesler AFB.

Check out our Facebook page for some festival pictures.  Make sure you look at photos and posts by others.  Some of the students have posted pictures of their class gourds.  Some are beginning gourdcrafters and they did an excellent job! 

Raffle winners are listed on the Other Festival Info page.  The pictured banjo donated by Dr. John Jackson caused quite a stir!

Thank you to each volunteer--Mississippi Gourd Society members, Taylorsville Garden Club members, Bettie Norwood, Smith County Extension Service, and the Smith County Homemaker Clubs.  I hope I didn't leave out one of the volunteers.

Check out MSGS president Susan Byra's interview on WDAM Midday just days before the festival.  Way to go, Susan!


Click here to view Past Festivals.  See publicity info on Festivals & Publicity page.


Gourd Identification Charts
Visit The Gourd Reserve's website to see
Dan Dunkin's gourd identification chart 
 and Timothy Moyer's gourd identification chart http://www.thegourdreserve.com/tim_moyers_gourd_chart.html

Be sure to visit the American Gourd Society's website.

Lots of great information!

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