CONTACT: Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381

Gourds of Fun

Decatur, Ala. – An impressive display of unique creations, all handmade from gourds, will be on display in Cullman the third weekend in October during the annual Alabama Gourd Show. Now in its 19th year, the Alabama Gourd Show is a two-day celebration centered on the beauty and versatility of gourds and features masterfully created works of art from hundreds of artisans, crafters, and growers. With a theme of “Old MacDonald’s Gourd Farm,” the 2017 event is set for October 21-22 at the Cullman Civic Center. 

Hosted by the Alabama Gourd Society, the Alabama Gourd Show offers the public an opportunity to mingle with gourd artisans and admire a variety of unique arts and crafts handmade from gourds. Gourd artists will be demonstrating their techniques and children can decorate their own gourd to take home as a souvenir for free.

The two-day event also offers demonstrations and make and take classes. For those who want to get more hands-on, classes taught by an experienced gourd artist will be offered (fee charged). Fifteen gourd art crafting classes, where participants make their own handcrafted gourd, will be offered on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and on Sunday at 11 a.m. To register for a class, go to and click on Classes.

Admission is $3 for adults and free for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult, and admission includes a tour of the ribbon competition exhibit hall. Show hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All activities take place in the Cullman Civic Center, located at 510 Fifth Street Southwest in Cullman. For more information, visit or contact Show Chair Pam Montgomery at

About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state.  It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals.  Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available from the AMLA by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting their web site at