Nov. 6 & 7, 2004

Saturday/8:30a-5:30p - Sunday/10a-5:30p
Richards Fruit Market, Middletown, VA

The Virginia chapter of the American Gourd Society is back for a third-year of education and fun in its annual marketplace of gourd products for the crafter, holiday shopper, and art collector.

Come see diverse creativity and careful craftsmanship of items made from dried gourds: bowls, jars, jewelry, loo/a soaps, Native American gourd items, and sculpture. Come learn about gourd gardening and gourd crafting. Ask questions about your gourd gardening and crafting efforts! Bid for your favorite gourd in the Silent Gourd Auction and support the Aylor Middle and Sherando High Schools Agricultural programs.

Music, wonderful food from a farm market, and gourdsó
what more could anyone ask for on a lovely autumn day?

Directions to the Festival:

Interstate 81 extends the vertical length of the scenic Shenandoah Valley in historic Virginia. Stephens City is adjacent to,
and south of, Winchester (known for its apple and peach orchards. Civil War battlegrounds, and the singer. Pasty Cline).
From whatever point you start, get to Interstate 81.

From points south, go to Stephens City, Exit 307. At traffic light turn left (heading west) and go straight for 4+ miles to a stop sign. Turn left and continue about 1 mile to the Fruit Market From points north, follow same directions except turn right at the exit's traffic light (heading west).

Exit 307 is Stephens City's travel services exit. You'll find
1) service stations: Texaco, Exxon, Shell, and Sheetz,
2) accommodations: Comfort hm. Holiday Inn Express, and White Oak Campground,
3) food: fast food establishments, Western Steer Buffet, Roma's - an Italian/Greek restaurant, and
4) miscellaneous items: a hardware store, a florist, a needlepoint shop, a quilting shop, and one mile east, a Food Lion grocery store. Dollar General, and various banks-

For vendor information and application, contact:

Eddie Richard, Richards Fruit Market, 6410 Middle Rd, Middletown, VA 22645, Ph: 540-869-6340
or for email contact: Angela Mohr/GourdGal -