Celebrate the gourd at the State Fair

July 11, 2012 by  

The gourd, a fruit that may be the size of a marble or that may grow to weigh 200 pounds, has many uses and a rich history that can be traced back to the beginnings of civilization. Every year, North Carolina takes the time to consider the creativity of mankind around the world when it comes to the many ways in which he has made use of this cousin of the squash.

This year, the 71st Annual North Carolina Gourd Festival will take place from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm on September 8, and from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm on September 9. The event will be at the Holshouser Building on the State Fairgrounds, located just 11 miles east of Cary. The focus of the festival will be to celebrate the gourd by displaying and depicting the history of the fruit. There will also be a gourd crafting competition in which prizes and ribbons will be awarded in over 70 categories. Competitors might consider poster printing as part of their display to inform and explain their wares.

Gourd growers and crafters will be on the scene to demonstrate the process of taking gourds straight from the garden and transforming them it into various instrumental household items. Tickets, which are $2 for anyone 16 and over, allow entry into the event in which spectators can appreciate gourds that have been transformed into flowers, animals, masks, plates, cups, bowls, and boxes. Children aged 15 and under are admitted free of charge.