Mountain Property Daytrip to the Alabama Gourd Festival
Alabama is a popular tourist destination for not only its eye-catching natural beauty but also for the Gourd
Festival that attracts tourists across the region every year. The Alabama Gourd Festival is organized by the
Alabama Gourd Society to encourage gourd culture and unique crafting of gourds. This festival has become so popular
that other than regional visitors, some international tourists are also gathering in Alabama to enjoy this
wonderful festival of viewing gourds and crafts made of gourds.
Different events of Alabama Gourd Festival
Inside the Cullman Civic Center you will find a large collection of gourds and gourd crafts. During the festival
you can partipate in classes on different gourd craftwork and artwork. The duration of these classes are mainly for
3-4 hours. You can learn and gather information on this unique art by spending only $20 - $45. However, charges
vary based on the theme of the class.
Inside the festival arena you will find shops offering unusual but nice arts and crafts made from different
shapes and types of gourds. You will find everything – from painted birdhouses, Santas and dolls to beautifully
carved animal sculptures and decorated bowls and other gourd artwork. In this festival you can learn by viewing
free demonstrations of artwork on gourds by the artists. Other attractions of this festival include musical night,
dinner and auction. Dinner is available at the cost of $12 on prior reservation.
Theme classes to learn this unique gourd craftwork
All the themes are interesting and you will probably get hooked on gourdcrafting. Following are some ideas and
techniques you can learn in the craftwork classes during this festival:
* Chipping pattern on the gourd
* Selecting colors and providing 3-D effect on the painting
* Use of water color and acrylic paints
* Making Halloween craftwork on gourds
* Creating bracelets and attractive embellishments with gourd pieces
* Designing and stitching functional items made of gourds
* Using different shapes of brushes for painting
* Adding geometric patterns to the craftwork
* Applying polymer clay on the gourd surface
* Making space and drilling holes in the gourd
* Using Washi Paper and real pressed flowers for decoration
Ribbon Competition – a special attraction of the gourd festival
Other attractions of the Alabama Gourd Festival is Ribbon Competition, where you can view various gourds award
winning gourds like the gourd with largest circumference, the gourd with the most unusual shape and growth, and the
smallest ornamented gourd. You can enjoy gourd birdhouses, butterfly homes, wearable gourds, like masks, and
different necklaces, earrings, hair barrettes made from different gourds and their pieces.
The general artworks include decorated bowls, baskets, musical instruments, music boxes, clock’ lamps, vase,
pitcher, teapots and many other functional items, which are made of gourds. This ribbon competition is done in four
divisions – dried gourds, current season gourds, crafted gourds and youth competition.
Gourd festival season
Alabama Gourd Festival is usually held in the month of September or October. The entry charges for this gourd
festival are quite reasonable. The entry charge is $2 for adults while children under the age of 12 are free to
visit the festival if they are accompanied by adult(s). For tourists, there are various accommodations like Comfort
Inn, Days Inn, Econo Lodge, Hampton Inn, Sleep Inn, Super 8 Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Best Western Fairwind Inns
near the festival arena.