The 2017 Gourd Festival is November 4-5, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holshouser Building on the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Admission: $2 adults; free for children under 16. This festival features displays of gourds from around the world, special gourd workshops, and vendors of dried gourds, gourd seeds, gourd crafts, gourd art, books, t-shirts, and crafting supplies. Great holiday presents! A variety of competitive categories are awarded ribbons and prizes. There is a live auction on Saturday at noon and a free gourd crafting table for kids. Details about the festival, a listing of gourd crafting workshops, and information on how to enter the competitions are on our web site: www.ncgourdsociety.org/festival. For more information, call (919) 696-0744.