Ohio Gourd Show – Delaware

50.) Ohio Gourd Show – Greenville – September 29, 2012

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AUTHOR’S NOTE: Since this review, the festival has changed cities.

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When I arrived at the Darke County Fairgrounds…
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…vendors were setting up piles of gourds based on type…
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…dividing warty gourds…
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…smooth roundish gourds…
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…bowling pin gourds…
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…goose-necked gourds…
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…and alien gourds.
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(None of these are the official names, by the way.)

But I knew these gourds weren’t for eating…
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…and the food vendors were rather limited…
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…so what brought people to Ohio Gourd Show for these past 50 years?
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It only took a watchful eye to understand the appeal…
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…for as I walked down the path of vendors…
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 …and made my way through the piles of interestingly shaped crop…
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…I realized that people turned gourds into decoration…
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…heads and pigs…
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…and even musical instruments (Story Gourd Workshop).
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I snapped pictures like crazy, amazed by the creative uses I saw…
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…but this was before I even entered the Coliseum.
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(FOR THE EXTRA GOURD PICS – CLICK HERE)
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Inside, the upper level was occupied primarily by vendors…
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…who not only sold more creative gourd items (The Gourdnut Shop)…
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…they showed you how you could play them…
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…play with them…
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…and get yourself set up to decorate your own (Blue Whale/Caning Shop).
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And, believe me, after going to the lower level and seeing the judged pieces of art…
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…I actually considered it.
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My mind was blown away by the flow of creativity that made…
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…whale lamps…
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…drums…
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 …headgear…
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…manger scenes…
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 …kitty memorials…
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…and giant fish tackle.
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In fact, in an adjoining building…
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…some festival goers disappeared…
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…to practice their hand at the various workshops taking place.
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The rest of us decided to relax and enjoy the music (Rum River Blend)!

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