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Donated by Mississippi Gourd Society

Mississippi Gourd Society 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 home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers.


Walt Grayson and ken McPhailWalt Grayson in Raleigh!

WLBT’s Walt Grayson met with Mississippi Gourd Society members at the Smith County Ag Complex in Raleigh, MS, on August 22, 2012, to shoot a story on  the upcoming Mississippi Gourd Festival.  MSGS members brought gourds for display and demonstrated gourdcrafting techniques.  Pictured at left is Walt with Ken McPhail of Prentiss, MS.  Ken made a special gourd bowl for Walt and presented it to him.  Thanks, Walt!  Check out the “Look Around Mississippi” story and video which aired on WLBT Channel 3, Jackson, MS.


2012 Festival Publicity In The Columbus PacketPacket Photo

Sarah Wilson of The Columbus Packet came to the 2012 festival and did a great article with pictures.  Thanks, Sarah!  Click on the link to check out her story:     Photo by Sarah Wilson.



Partial Listing of Publicity, 2012:  Mention of the Mississippi Gourd Festival has been announced in the following publications:  Mississippi Farm CountryMississippi Gardener MagazineToday in MississippiMississippi Market Bulletin, Impact, Smith County Reformer, and The Gourd Magazine.  Listing on numerous websites and social media.  Radio and TV announcements.

Publicity, 2011:
  Mention of the Mississippi Gourd Festival has been announced in the following publications:  Southern Living,  Mississippi Farm CountryMississippi Magazine, Today in MississippiMississippi Market Bulletin, Impact, Laurel Leader-Call, Smith County Reformer, The Post (Taylorsville, MS), and The Gourd Magazine.  This is a partial listing.  Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about the Mississippi Gourd Festival.

Thanks to Charlotte Graham with Laurel Leader-Call, The Post at Taylorsville,  and Susan Marquez for sharing their excellent photos and articles.  Check out this link to Susan’s blog:,  (The name of the blogpost is “Are You Out of Your Gourd???” and it was posted on Sept. 20, 2011).

Glynda Phillips of Mississippi Farm Country interviewed MSGS members, Paul Grubbs and Mike and Michelle Thompson.  Mississippi Farm Country is published by Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation.  Thanks to Glynda for a job well done!  You may view the articles about growing and crafting gourds in the Sept./Oct. 2011 issue by clicking on this link:

Our President, Susan Byra, was a guest on Felder Rushing’s Gestalt Gardener radio program, WLBT’s Midday Mississippi in Jackson, and Good Morning Meridian on WTOK.   Felder joined us at the festival on Saturday and Sunday.