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2018 Ornament and Competition


An integral part of the Gourd Gathering at Cherokee is fundraising efforts to benefit gourd societies and art initiatives around the country.  One of the 2018 fundraising acitivities will be centered on a gourd ornament competition and silent auction.  Participants will have their gourd ornaments entered into one of two divisions and categories.  All entries will be judged by certified judges, and ribbons and monetary prizes will be awarded.  Participants understand that their entries will be donated to the silent auction to be sold.  Proceeds raised from the gourd ornament silent auction will be divided into $100 Gourd Gathering Scholarships which will be donated to selected state gourd societies.  These selected gourds societies will be able to use the scholarships as they deem appropriate within their societies.

  • Entries must be received in person or via another person in attendance at the Gourd Gathering no later than 12Noon Friday, June 1, 2018.  Mail-in entries will not be accepted.
  • Participant(s) will enter themselves into one of the following two Divisions:
    • Novice - Gourds are fun and I like to design projects for my own purpose and may provide them as gifts to family and co-workers.
    • Advanced - Gourds are fun and I like to design projects for my own purpose and may provide them as gifts to family and co-workers, BUT I also teach gourd art techniques and projects for a profit, sell my finished work at shows and festivals, and/or display my gourds in art guilds and art galleries.
  • Entries will be entered into one of the following two Categories:
    • Single Ornament - one ornament designed by one person using one or more techniques.
    • Set of Four (4) - a series of four (4) ornaments designed by one or more people that may use more than one technique or based on one central theme.  If a person in a collaborative group qualifies for the advanced division, the entire entry must be placed in the advanced division of this category.
  • Participants may enter only one (1) piece per category.
  • Entries will be judged by certified judges and scored based on 50% Technique and 50% Artistry.
  • Winning entries will receive the following:  1st Place - Ribbon and $50 Gourd Bucks, 2nd Place - Ribbon and $30 Gourd Bucks, and 3rd Place - Ribbon and $20 Gourd Bucks.
  • All entries will be displayed and sold in the Gourd Ornament Silent auction.