Gourd festival May 9 at Booneville farm

n The day will include a silent auction, crafting
education classes, contests and a variety of food.
Daily Journal report
Join gourd crafters from several states for the second annual North Mississippi Gourd Festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9 at Adkins Farms at Booneville. The festival strives to educate others in the delight of crafting a gourd.
Designed by gourd crafters for crafters of every age and level of experience, North Mississippi Gourd Festival brings together people who love gourd crafting and to excite others at this one-day fun-packed event.
The morning will kick off with vendors from several states set up on the farm grounds displaying their talents. The Mississippi Gourd Society will be doing demonstrations throughout the day and will be available for questions and information about joining the society.
Morning classes will start at 9 a.m. with class No. 1, “Gourds 101,” by Katie Bangle of Mermentau, La., and class No. 2, “Canteen Gourd Purses,” by Madge Smith of Walnut. Afternoon classes will start at 1 p.m. with class No. 3, “Painted Chicken,” by Sherry Maness of Weir and class No. 4, “Gourd Seed Shingled Birdhouse,” by Sonya Main of Pontotoc. Classes are limited so make reservations as soon as possible. Kids will enjoy their own corner where they can decorate their own gourd. Food will be available in the barn as well as the famous Walkin’ Taco.
The key component of North Mississippi Gourd Festival at Adkins Farm is education. With more than 12 hours of workshops and demonstrations, the North Mississippi Gourd Festival will help attendees learn new techniques on gourd crafting, along with tips and tricks to make crafting easier.
The barn will have the latest gourd crafting supplies for the beginner and experienced crafters alike. Dry gourds will also be available. Several raffles will be going on, a silent auction and a new contest for the tiniest, largest and ugliest gourds. Ribbon sashes will be awarded.
“North Mississippi Gourd Festival at Adkins Farms is an opportunity for gourd crafters to network, share tips and stories, get fresh ideas, learn new ways of doing things and check out the latest in gourd crafting,” explains Charlotte Adkins, owner of Adkins Farms and coordinator of the North Mississippi Gourd Festival.
For anyone who likes to craft or would like to find out how to get started in crafting gourds, the North Mississippi Gourd Festival at Adkins Farms in Booneville is a “not to be missed” festival. Even if you are just curious, come and enjoy the fellowship of gourd crafts from across the country.
Go to www.adkinsfarms.com for more details or to register for classes for Gourd Festival 2009.

Judy McGhee