Annual Show-Me Gourd Art Festival

Start your planning now!!! Help us make the SMGS 2023 Gourd Art Festival our best year yet.

Join us for the 2023 Show-Me Gourd Society Art Festival as we celebrate the wonderful opportunity to get back together again with friends and fellow Gourdheads. Workshops will be scheduled all weekend starting on Friday. These workshops are taught by some of the most talented gourd artists and crafters in the country. Artists are invited to enter gourds, either crafted or raw. On Saturday and Sunday, the festival is open to the public. Trained judges select the best gourds in each class. Ribbons are awarded for first, second, and third place. Special awards and certificates are also given. A host of vendors sell their wares at the festival. They have dried gourds of all shapes and sizes, crafted gourds, patterns, books, tools, dyes, embellishments, and many other supplies. SMGS also provides educational displays, demonstrations, and informative handouts.

Open to the public April 15–16, 2023
    Saturday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Workshops will begin on Friday April 14, 2023

    Ozark Empire Fairgrounds
    3001 N. Grant Ave. 
    Springfield, MO

Admission: $5.00. Children under 12 free!
    Good for both days of the show. Parking is free.


Same location - New Building


  • Nationally-recognized gourd artists showing and selling and teaching
  • Live auction - noon on Saturday
  • Vendors selling gourds, gourd supplies, gourd art, and embellishments
  • Dried gourds for sale
  • Workshops with teachers from around the USA
  • Artists Competition: Young Artist, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, and Master
  • AGS Competition and Honor Awards
  • Saturday night Awards Dinner 
  • Fine Art Raffle