The 4th Annual Michigan of gourds will be:
Festival hours are 12:00 - 8:00 on Friday, 10 - 6:00 on Saturday, and 10:00 - 4:00 on Sunday.
Admission is $5.00, 12 and under free of charge.
Vendors and their workers will be admitted free.
All proceeds are to benefit Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation.
We have indoor and outdoor spaces available. Stalls are $60.00 each and space is unlimited. 6' and 8' tables are available to rent for $8 each. Please, one vendor per space. The indoor spaces are 10 ft. deep and have a back wall for display. Electricity is provided, please bring cords and any additional lighting you may need. Dogs are allowed on grounds, but not in buildings.
Vendor set-up is on Thursday, Sept 12th, 12:00 - 7:00 p.m. or Friday Sept 13th 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Volunteers will be available to help you unload your vehicle.
We encourage you to do demonstrations in your space. We will have a Best of Show vendor competition for your display area. We also have a raffle to help raise funds for the hospital. If you would like to donate an item we would appreciate it.
There is camping at the fairgrounds. It is $20.00 a night and includes electricity, water, showers and dump station. The fairgrounds are located in the town of Imlay City and there area provisions and restaurants within walking distance. If you require any additional travel information about our area please let us know.
Michigan State Sales tax is 6% on all tangible sales. It is the individual vendor’s responsibility to collect and report such tax.
The purpose of the Gourd Festival is to educate, familiarize and entertain the public with gourds and accordingly, photography is encouraged. If a vendor does not wish to allow photography, the vendor will be responsible for posting a clearly visible sign noting such.
We look forward to working with you and making this a great event for you, the customer and Children’s Hospital.
Ron and Deb Stallings
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Michigan Festival of Gourds
6480 W. Imlay City Road
Imlay City, MI 48444
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Bruce and Judy Barber: Sales Reps
317 Springville Rd. Rte 897
Kinzers, Pa 17535
614-206-6083 or 717-354-6118
Large selection of cleaned dried gourds from the Smucker farm.
Quarry Farm Gourds
Seeds, plants and gourds. 60+ varieties of hard shells and ornamentals. Hand-pollinated seed to maintain pure strains. 80% minimum germination. growing instructions with each order. Wide variety of dried gourds available.
Gourds by Lucie Rhadigan Hiner
Lucie Rhadigan Hiner
Clean, dried gourds. Painted, carved and sculpted gourds. Kits for do-it-yourself gourd projects. Lucie Rhadigan Hiner comes from a very artistic family. Her father, Rol Rhadigan, was a life-long commercial artist. Her brother, Floyd Rhadigan, is a nationally acclaimed woodcarver. Lucie has taught oil painting on Florida Educational Television, restored paintings for many museums, and has enjoyed painting in oil and acrylic for almost fifty years. Lucie currently works mostly with silk floral designs at her business, Past Tense Country Store in Lapeer, and her designs grace hundreds of homes and businesses throughout the area. Lucies current passion is gourds. She finds countless artistic possibilities using the gourds she and her family grow at Past Tense. Like all of Lucies work, her gourds and florals are truly unique.
A little about the Michigourders. We are a group of gourd artists who create, sell and do demonstrations of gourd art for educational programs. We want everyone to know just how marvelous a plain hard shelled gourd can become. By showing how we create the different works, we have introduced many people to the world of gourd art.
Farmington Soap Works
Nadia Miranda and Robert Kuivenhoven
Farmington Soap Works creates unique, hand-cast cold process soaps, using only the finest tropical oils and selected ingredients, for a true one-of-a-kind soap. Our special blend of oils provides an exceptionally creamy lather and the colorful designs and exotic scents are sure to please. Some of our soaps incorporate ground up luffa gourd.
From the Forest
From the Forest is a family team of “creative elves” that carve, woodturn and woodburn unusual functional art from wood and gourds. Originality, artistry and balance are key ingredients in the beauty of each piece.
Mira Stefaniuk is a carver, pyrography artist, and writer who “writes with fire”. She incorporates intricate designs from her native Ukrainian folkcraft and nature into whimsical fairy plaques and houses, frames, photo and journal covers, Easter eggs, and assorted household items.
Roman Stefaniuk is a woodturner who uses recycled fallen trees, old fence posts and driftwood collected around Michigan to make vases, candlesticks, birdhouses, key chains, pens, salt & pepper shakers. For him, the best part of transforming aged wood into unique handcrafted items is allowing the wood to take on a life and shape of its own.
Marta Sobko, graphic designer, makes wood necklaces and jewelry in which each bead is individually woodburned, painted. Her designs are a modern adaptation of an ancient craft of ornamentation, rooted in a rich Ukranian heritage of embroidery, beading, pysanky (Easter eggs) and wood inlay.
Home grown gourds - transformed into art.
Ron and Deb Stallings
Rhonda and Ken Porzadek
We sell a variety of locally grown dried, clean gourds, specializing in ornamental and birdhouse gourds. We have natural made gourd centerpieces and wreaths as well as some painted gourds. We will also be offering some new painting books by various orders. Special orders welcome any time of year.
Now Offering Shipping!
Let us ship your purchases! This is a new service we are offering this year. Just drop off your purchases at the designated spot and we will do the rest! You must have a PayPal account so that we can send you an invoice for the shipping costs. We will utilize USPS, UPS and FedEx to find the best shipping price based on box size and weight. There will be a $5 fee for box, packing material and handling. Insurance added for a small fee on request.
**We will ship to Canada but there may be additional fees such as import duties, taxes and charges that are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These will vary and cannot be quoted. You may be charged these fees upon delivery of items.
Burning Wood Art Treasures
Linda and Clyde Sales
Welcome to the world of pyrographics, or wood burning. An artist from St. Helen Michigan, Linda Sales has been doing wood burning since about 1990 and is getting better as time goes by. She has been exhibiting her work at carving shows and art galleries for the past several years and as of January 2001 she has won 53 blue ribbons mostly in Michigan and Ohio. Her ribbons included "Best of Show" and "Best Wood Burning" to name a few. Many judges have commented that her burnings are the best they have ever seen. Her new passion is teaching her techniques of pyrography to those who want to learn. We have traveled to many states in the US. to carving clubs and colleges and enjoying every class. Select from the menu to the left to see photos of any particular subject matter. These are just a small sample of what she has done. If you have any questions or comments, please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Basket Sampler
Kathy from The Basket Sampler has been weaving baskets for about 25 years. She does traditional baskets as well as incorporating yarns and other fibers into them. The Basket Sampler will bring basket weaving supplies, kits, finished baskets and gourds to the Festival. There will also be hand dyed and spun yarns in small amounts to weave into gourds. There will be needle felting kits and supplies to add a finished decoration to your handwork.
Best Flexible Molds
Penni Jo Couch
806 North Street
Solid, flexible Urethane rubber molds in two sizes: 3.25 by 4 inches standard molds and approximately 2 by 3 inch mini molds.
Saverine Creek Heirlooms
3352 Klender Road
Artisan jewelry made from organic heirloom seeds.
The Gourd Lady of Allenton
A gourd artist that takes a "folk art" approach to gourds. Private and group lessons available.