Jim Story Award
Who was Jim Story?
James "Jim" Story was born 1922 in Cherokee Co., Alabama and died in 2005 at age 83. He was a WWII veteran and retired from the Navy after 20 years active service. He was well known throughout the Pendelton, Indiana community for being involved in Pendleton Garden Club, Pendleton Lions Club, Indiana Gourd Society, American Gourd Society and several other plant societies. Last but not least, Jim was known world-wide as a gourd gardener, a gourd manipulator and molder of gourds.
Jim's love for growing gourds in a garden next to Fall Creek on North Main St. in Pendleton expanded over time. Jim was ever the experimenter, teacher, and legendary supporter of the American Gourd Society. He inspired many of us to try new and different techniques, a number of which he pioneered. Jim encouraged gourd growers to continually "raise the bar" by facing ever-greater challenges.
About the Award. In his honor, the AGS started the “Jim Story Award” in 2009 to encourage and inspire gourd growers to continue the exploration of gourd manipulation.
What Do You Receive if You Win (2018)?
1st Place$300 & Trophy and
3rd Place $50 & Certificate
** Green cleaned (outer skin removed before the gourd has dried) entries may score up to five additional points during the judging process. Note: Green cleaning carries a risk of the gourd drying too fast. This may result in shrinking, cracking and possible disintegration of the gourd. So be careful if you decide to use this process.
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