For a small town (max 350) this was a big festival with over 400 visitors. Among them people from Canada, California, Illinois and other states.
The vendors showed a big variety of gourd art and there were a lot of raw gourds for sale. Our face painter Carol and fortune teller (with gourd cards) Alice were still painting and telling after the festival closed down at 3:00 pm. Kids and adults were lined up. The silent auction was also a success.
An award was given to the 'Gourd Mother' Cris Coffey, one of the founders of this festival and coordinator for all 10 years. A big thank you to her!
To celebrate this, we had our own Gourd Festival Calendar 2011 for sale:
With pictures of all the Gourd Festivals from 2000-2009.The Gourd Goddess of this year, Tory, did a great job on her gourd costume as did a lot of others who were in the parade. Funny gourd hats and gourd bra's were shown in the biggest parade ever organized by Lou. Thank you, gal!
I want to thank everybody who made this such a success: the organisers, volunteers, parade participants, gourd artists, Miso, our sound man and visitors. Thank you all!
Picture: Jester, Gourdy and Gourd Goddess Tori: