Sponsored by the Ohio Gourd Society
Delaware County Fairgrounds
236 Pennsylvania Avenue
Delaware Ohio 43015

Show Hours
Friday, October 7, 2016: noon to 5pm
Saturday, October 8, 2016:  9 am to 5 pm
Sunday, October 9, 2016:  10 am to 4 pm

Workshops: Fri & Sat 9-5, Sun 1-4

Show Theme: “It's the Great Gourd, Charlie Brown”
Gourd enthusiasts have often said, “Gourds are great!” You can carve them like wood without worrying about the grain. Paint, dye and colored pencils bring designs and scenes to life on them.  Birdhouses and feeders may be created from them.   Jewelry, bowls, dippers and more spring from their various shapes and sizes.  Gourds have been in use continually from ancient times, and they grow on every continent with the possible exception of Antarctica.  They last for centuries, and you can’t say that about a pumpkin.  So, put on your thinking caps and visualize your favorite Peanuts characters, like Snoopy, Lucy, Pig Pen, Linus, Schroeder, good old Charlie Brown  and others, and  create your  own  Great Gourd  for  the 2016  Ohio  Gourd  Show.     It  really  is the  Great  Gourd,
                                        (insert your name).
Welcome to the 2016 Ohio Gourd Show.  The show is staged in two buildings on the Delaware County Fairground (watch for signs).  The fairground is  located at 236 Pennsylvania Avenue in Delaware, Ohio.  The show is open to the public and the admission fee is $5.00 per person ($7.00 for the weekend).  Parking is free, and children twelve and under are admitted free.

Food, gourds, gourd art, art and craft supplies, music and special programs are featured.  Programs and presentations throughout the weekend will present information about gourds, gourd art and gourd music.

Music programs are planned for Saturday and Sunday.  For the latest information on shows and schedules, please see the Ohio Gourd Society website at www.ohiogourdsociety.com.

Rum River Blend, performing on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., is a favorite local group known for their variety of music and entertaining style.  The group performs a blend of Traditional Bluegrass, Gospel and Folk music and the audience is always encouraged to join in for sing-along, play-along fun.  Currently based in Troy, Ohio, RRB plays music to have fun.  They bill themselves as “Unprofessional Entertainment.”  Rum River Blend can be contacted by phone at 937-440-9834, or by Email at music@rumriverblend.com.  You can read about them, see them and hear their music at www.rumriverblend.com.

On Sunday, Glenn Parks and his banjo will be featured.  He entertains from the stage, and he will also be strolling around the Show.  Glenn is a past president of the Fretted Instrument Guild of America and is a member of the Ohio Events and Festivals Association.  In 2012, he was inducted into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, OK.  His website, www.banjoentertainment.net details his many appearances at county fairs, festivals, churches, retirement and nursing homes and other miscellaneous events.
Gourd workshops (registration required) are offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  On-site registration for workshops is accepted as space permits.  The Show opens to the general public at Noon on Friday; however, competitive entries will not be complete until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. A brief OGS meeting is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Friday.

The Saturday dinner (registration required ) includes presentation of special awards and an auction of gourds, gourd art, and related supplies.
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The Ohio Gourd Society proudly recognizes and thanks all of its sponsors, supporters and friends.  Special recognition goes to the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Festivals and Events Association for grants, local support and advertising.

The OGS also extends thanks to Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, OH for providing excellent meeting space for the society, and for promoting and supporting gourd cultivation and gourd art.

New for 2016
2016 Schedule of Events

Friday, October 7th
9:00 a.m. – Noon. Workshop classes
Noon - Show opens to the public
Noon  - 6 p.m. - Gourd entry tags available. Exhibitors may place entries.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Workshop classes
5:00 p.m. -- Show closed for the day
6:15 p.m. -- Ohio Gourd Society meeting

Saturday, October 8th
9 a.m.-- 11 a.m. -- Gourd entry tags available. Exhibitors may place entries
9 a.m. Show opens to the public.  .
9 a.m. – Noon –  Workshop classes
11 a.m. -- Music with Rum River Blend
11 a.m. -- Entries close
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Judging of competitive entries. All or portions of the show area may be closed for judging.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Workshop classes
2 p.m. -- Music with Rum River Blend
5:00 p.m. Show closes.
6:00 p.m. Gourd Dinner (pre-registration is required) and gourd auction

Sunday, October 9th
9:00 a.m. -- Christian Worship.. Everyone is welcome.
10:00 a.m. -- Show opens to the public.
11:00 --  Music throughout the day by Glenn Parks
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshop classes
4:00 p.m. Show closes for the season. See you next year!

***Competitive entry schedule
Competitive entry form
Workshop Schedule
***Dinner registration
***Vendor regulations
***Selected terms and definitions

2016 Ohio Gourd Show Committee
President Anna Miller, 419-257-2597
Show Chair Bruce Barber, 740-965-4661
Publicity Christina Voise, 740-815-6227
Workshops. Nelson Litzenberg, 740-501-7918
Entries John Martin, 937-446-2174
Judging Laura Martin, 937-446-9308
Staging Karen and John Martin, 937-446-2174
Gourd Vendors Gordon Smith, 937-447-2845
Camping Bruce Barber, 740-965-4661
Dinner Bruce Barber, 740-965-4661
Music Program Lois Smith, 937-447-2845 
Demonstrations Celia Roberts. 937-692-6122