People’s Choice Awards–2014

Helen Looman's Peace on Earth

Helen Looman’s Peace on Earth

Renee King's Morning Glories Lamp

Renee King’s Morning Glories Lamp

Sherry Briscoe's Celtic Cross Thunder Gourd

Sherry Briscoe’s Celtic Cross Thunder Gourd

The 5th Annual Mississippi Gourd Festival had its first gourd contest, the People’s Choice.  The winners were: First Place–Helen Looman of Yazoo City, MS, a large woodburned ‘Peace on Earth’ faux leather-tooled gourd bowl Second Place–Sherry Briscoe of Reidsville, NC, a cut and stained Celtic-design thunder gourd Third Place–Renee King of Hattiesburg, MS, a working table lamp with a carved and painted gourd lampshade Honorable Mention–Cora Mae Overby of Oak Grove, LA, a handpainted owl gourd. I would like to thank everyone for their participation and I hope to have more contestants next year. –Christa Enslin

102_0084 Cora Mae Overby owl

Cora Mae Overby’s owls

Helen Looman

Helen Looman

Renee King

Renee King