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PHONE: 256.350.3500 / 800.648.5381



Shop for Gourd Art at the Annual Alabama Gourd Show

Decatur, Ala. – An impressive display of unique creations, all handmade from gourds, will be on display next month when the Alabama Gourd Show returns to Hartselle. Set for October 14-15 at the Sparkman Civic Center in Hartselle, the annual event 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. While it may not be winter yet, the theme for the 2022 Alabama Gourd Show, “I’m Dreaming of a Gourd Christmas,” will have festivalgoers in the holiday spirit, offering an opportunity to shop for beautiful, unique pieces of art just in time for the upcoming holiday season.

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. Artists will be demonstrating their gourd art techniques and children can decorate their own gourd to take home as a souvenir for free.

For those who want to get hands-on, classes taught by an experienced gourd artist will be offered (fee charged). Nine different gourd art crafting classes, where participants make their own handcrafted gourd, will be offered both days. For more details and to register for a class, go to and click on classes.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. All activities take place at the Sparkman Civic Center, located at 406 Nance Ford Road SW in Hartselle. Admission is free. For more information, visit or contact Show Chair Emmitt Westmoreland 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