A big TEXAS Howdy! to all our fellow gourd growers, crafters, and enthusiasts.

  In October 1995, nine Texans interested in gourds became by attendance, the executive committee overseeing the formation of the Texas Gourd Society (TGS). A meeting in March 1996 attracted over 50 gourd enthusiasts from the state, most of whom were members of the American Gourd Society (AGS). The purpose of the TGS, as a non-profit organization, is to promote interest in and information about gourds. The AGS president, Jim Linthicom, presented the group with a charter at the first Texas Gourd Show held on Oct. 26, 1996. Since the state is so large, local groups called "Gourd Patches" have been formed and attract gourd artisans within a closer proximity. TGS members enjoy the many aspects of working with gourds from growing, crafting and sharing common interests and ideas."


We are now 191 strong in numbers with eight gourd patches through our great state. As a member of the TGS, you receive a quarterly publication called: "The Texas Gourdzette" It is full of information from each of our patches, what will be happening, advertisments, and much, much more!
  •  President: Betty Kent ** 979-357-2603 or 
  • 1st Vice President : Otis Bakke**817-437-1729 or 

  • 2nd Vice President: Lee DeKeyser ** 512-301-0333 or
  • Secretary: Gerry Flewharty ** 214-341-2614 or
  • Treasurer: Brayton Maynes ** 903-874-3999 or
  • Immediate Past President: Rebecca Wise**817-785-7027 or


    Nov. 1, 2003 Texas Gourd Society Art and Craft Show
    Travis County Expo Center, Austin, Texas
    Printable 2003 Show flyer!!
    2003 Show Chairmen:  Sharon Copenhaver**
    Call toll tree: 888-671-1959
    Otis Bakke**817-437-1729
    2003 Vendor Contact:  John Flewharty**940-380-9566

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