We had some very talented vendors at the 2014 Mississippi Gourd Festival in Raleigh, MS, September 20-21, 2014. From those who grow gourds to those who craft with gourds–such a wide variety! If you see something of interest, contact us and we’ll link you up.
Christian Art by Ann—Richard & Ann Coghlan, Philadelphia, MS—handpainted gourds.
Christa Enslin & Georgie E. Foster, Hattiesburg, MS—handpainted gourds.
Giraffes Laff Art & Crafts—Bob & Sherry Briscoe, Reidsville, NC—gourd art and gourdcrafting supplies.
Thompson Farms—Mike & Michelle Thompson, Raleigh, MS—handcrafted gourd bowls, baskets, luminaries, thunder gourds, birdhouses, etc. Leather dye, marking tools (gourd compass), and miscellaneous gourdcrafting supplies. Facebook: Thompson Farms Gourds
Southern Gourds—Edwina Goff & Amanda Jones, Lucedale, MS—several varieties of washed gourds, crafted gourd bowls and birdhouses.
Nicky Blakeney, Taylorsville, MS—gourd dolls, bowls, baskets, ornaments, beads for gourd accents, and one-of-a-kind items.
Helen Looman, Yazoo City, MS—handcrafted gourds featuring woodburning, primarily the faux leather-tooled look.
Oak Grove Gourds—Cora Mae Overby, Oak Grove, LA—painted gourds, gourd baskets, gourd Christmas tree ornaments. Painted gourds include Santa, Mrs. Claus, Uncle Sam, snowmen, penguins, etc.
Sunshine Woodcarving—Cecil Walley, Sebring, FL—tools and supplies for gourdcrafters and woodcrafters. Saws, woodburners and pens, carvers/grinders, etc. Ebay store: Everglades Woodcarving Supplies
Gourds by Glenn–Glenn Burkhalter, Gainesville, GA—raw and crafted gourds. Glenn retired from growing gourds with his 2013 crop. He will bring a good inventory of his straight and manipulated long handle dipper gourds. Glenn has sold his Alabama farm and moved to a “senior” village in Gainesville, GA. He is in AL 3-4 days a week cleaning and selling the remainder of his gourds. This may be his last gourd show with us. Come and visit Glenn and his longtime friend and gourd “helper”, Grady Edwards.
Carol’s Crafts—Carol Maddox, Bossier City, LA—finished gourds, gourd supplies, QuikWood, books. Carol had a mix-up on the dates. She missed the festival and we certainly missed her being there as a vendor and teacher.
Jason Smith, Clinton, MS, & John F. Jackson, Jackson, MS—gourd banjos, banjolas.
Possum Hollow Farms—Glenn & Susan Trest, Bay Springs, MS—raw gourds, angel and snowmen ornaments, dipper gourds.
Golden Girl Gourds—Laura Lott, Seminary, MS, and Cindy Swann, Hattiesburg, MS—handpainted gourds.
Sullins Gourd Farm—Randy & Amy Sullins, Horton, AL—raw, cleaned gourds.
Rising Sunflower Flutes–Ron Swank, Nampa, ID–thunder gourds and supplies. Website: www.risingsunflowerflutes.com
Renee King, Hattiesburg, MS–carved and painted gourds and raw ready-to-paint gourd birdhouses.
Gourds by Angie–Doug & Angie Kilby, Georgetown, KY–light bases, beads, carving bits, files, and completed gourd lamps.