The dust has settled, and the 2014 Kentucky Gourd Art Show has (almost) been put to bed. We will meet soon to review 2014 and to begin planning for the 2015 show. If you have inputs on a theme for next year, new entry classes you'd like to see, things we can do to make our show even better, or show photos you would like to share, please forward them to Carol Bishop, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The "gourd" time had by all was the result of Herculean effort by many people. A big Thank You goes out to the 2014 Gourd Show Committee members and the volunteers who made the show a success. Thanks also go out to the workshop instructors and vendors who brought us knowledge of new gourd art techniques and everything we need to execute them. Whether you have just discovered gourds or you sell them at juried shows, our workshops featured new techniques and ideas. Six instructors offered fourteen different workshops in nineteen sessions. . 

Check out the picture gallery for photos from the show. Here are a few of the highlights. You can get a breakdown of all the cash and other special awards by clicking here.

As you entered the show, you were welcomed with a trip to Madagasgourd complete with baobab trees and wildlife..They were a preview of the 646 entries inside.

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We had 81 dried gourd entries. Jim Ballard of Greenfield, IN, won both the Jim Story Award and the Best Dried Gourd Award with his manipulated gourd, a snake gourd that's over 5 feet long! Jim green-cleaned the gourd to give it a pristine finish. He plans to enter it in the AGS competition.

Jim bought the gourd plant his winning gourd grew from from at our 2013 show from Jim Howard at our 2013 show.

Jim noted that Kentucky has the greatest hospitality of any show he travels to. We are certainly glad to see him! And we thank him for bringing Mrs. Jane Story to see us, too.

Best Dried 
 largest lagenaria  

The largest gourd this year measured 48 1/2 inches in circumference and was entered by Daniel Collins of Owensboro, KY. Second place went to Anna Miller of North Baltimore, OH, and 3rd place went to Raymond Doolin of Lancaster, KY. We are hoping for great growing conditions this year and lots of HUGE gourds next year!

At the show, we had a group discussion on growing gourds moderated by Jackie and Becky Gray. One of the great things about KGS members is their willingness to share their knowledge.

 Best Floral 

Best Floral Entry, Leonard Walton, Nancy, KY


Best Adult Amateur 

Best Adult Apprentice, Frances Bascom, Windfall, IN

Best Adult Proficient Entry, Patrice Ising,
Louisville, KYBest Adult Proficient


Best Adult Distinguished Entry, Jim Johnson, Louisville, KY

Best Adult Distinguished

 This year we opened the Gourd Artist's Display to all artists, and wouldn't you know, one of our Adult Proficient artists, Pat Moore, won the award! Entry class GAD01 is a display of an artist's work showcasing multiple techniques.

Pat also had the most blue ribbons in the show - 31. She had the second highest number of entries, coming in at 35. All this while chairing the IN Gourd Show - she gives new meaning to the term "Gourdhead"!

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Best Primary  Best Elementary  Best Middle School  best high school gourd

from left to right: Best Pre-school thru 2nd Grade, Lilly Crider, Spencer County 4-H; Best Elementary 3rd - 5th Grade,
Katelyn Hardin,
Spencer County 4-H; Best Middle School School, Nicole Cantrell, Spencer County 4-H;
Best High School, Kasey Price, Nelson County High School.   

main stree youth award       

Taylorsville Main Street Committee Youth Award
Mara Cox, Nelson County High School


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Taylorsville Main Street Committee Super Gourd Award, Adult
Sherry Benedict. Plymouth, IN

 And a drum roll, please...

 Best of Show

Adult Best of Show Sherry Benedict
Plymouth, IN



kgs youth board award hs 2nd

KGS Board Youth Award Jacob Price
Nelson Countyt High School - Jake's alien
also won the Spencer County Judge Karrer Award

Coming soon:  Check the ART SHOWS tab for a list of the vendors at the 2014 show.