Judging is done by 2 gallery owners (non-gourd artists) and 3 members of the Artistry Award committee who are nationally-recognized gourd artists.
Each judge sees a private web page with photos and information on the construction of each entry (if provided by the entrant). Each entry is assigned a letter and there is no identifying information about the entrants.
All judging is done independently of the other judges. The committee chair does not vote, but tabulates the results from the 5 judges.
Chapter Show Judging of Best of Show Winners
Judges use AGS standards
Uses AGS-certified judges as much as possible
Entries from chapter shows that are combined with woodworking events are allowed if they are in a separate gourd category and are judges using AGS judges and guidelines