Orangevale to be “gourd-geous” this weekend

Annual gourd festival returns
By: Telegraph Staff
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This Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1 the Orangevale Community Center will be filled with many different “gourd-geous” works of art as the annual NorCal Gourd Art and Competition returns for two full days.

This annual event is presented by the Folsom and Amador Gourd Artists groups, in collaboration with the California Gourd Society Competition. The two-day affair will feature unique artwork for sale, classes on transforming gourds into art, gourd supplies and more. It will also give visitors the opportunity to “make and take” their own gourd artwork.

In addition to the many activities for gourd art enthusiasts, there will be food vendors at the event along with demonstrations for the general public, raffles and more.

For years, the Folsom Gourd Artists have been working art to share their unique craft with the public. Although the organization has gone through many changes through the years, they continue to be a strong group of local artists with work that is very unique and intriguing to even the first-time observer.

The Folsom Gourd Artists early beginnings had them known as the Z-Gourd Miners back in the 1990s at the Zittle Gourd Farm. The Z-Gourd Miners later moved from that location to the Leiser Gourd Farm then back to Folsom. They meet regularly at the Folsom Moose Lodge on the second Saturday of every month. During these many transitions, their name was changed to the Folsom Gourd Artists (FGA) as it remains today.

The Gourd Festival started back in 1996 at the Zittle Farm and became the West Coast Gourd Festival in 1998. It ran from 1998 to 2003. The Leiser Gourd Farm then hosted the festival until 2006. At that time the Folsom Patrons of Arts decided to have the Folsom Gourd Festival. It was held at the Folsom Park until 2009.

Soon thereafter, the Davis Ranch located at the Sloughhouse on highway 49 had a gourd festival, where it remained until 2015. The California Gourd Society later began sponsoring a competition during the festival so the festival and

After losing their venue at Davis Ranch a year ago, The Folsom Gourd Artists were desperate for a festival and competition here in the Sacramento area. 

“We decided to start a festival and call it NorCal Gourd Art & Competition Festival, said Barbera Rippetoe, of the FGA. “We hope that all of the wonderful people who attended the Folsom Gourd Festival and the Davis Gourd Festival will come to the NorCal Gourd Art & Competition Festival. We will have all of the wonderful gourd artists that you so admired and may interesting things to learn about. “

On Sept. 30, hours for the show are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 1, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free as well as parking. For more information, go to