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Welcome to the Idaho Gourd Society.  We were first organized in 1998 and we are celebrating our nineteenth anniversary, this year, 2017.

The purpose of the Idaho Gourd Society is to create a fun, friendly, and relaxed environment where gourd enthusiasts in Idaho can get together and create gourd art.  We are dedicated to the education and instruction of those interested in gourd history, cultivation, painting, crafts, and fine gourd art.  We offer you an opportunity to participate in classes, festivals, shows, and competitions.  From beginner to expert, we have something for everyone.

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Click here for a pdf copy of the 2017 IDGS color brochure side one

Click here for a pdf copy of the 2017 color brochure  side two

IAW Show coming March 17th and 18th at JUMP  JUMP is located at 1000 W. Myrtle St., Boise ID 83702.  Show hours on Saturday are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.     Click on IAW tab for more information

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Jim Story Award Competition in Idaho        Deadline to receive entries for Idaho is October 2nd

It is with great pleasure that I announce the Idaho Gourd Society’s 2017 Jim Story Award competition.

Our state chapter will not be holding our annual festival this year during which we normally hold our Jim

Story Award competition. We will, however, be hosting a special state chapter Jim Story Award

Competition for 2017.

Official Rules

 To enter, you must be a member of the American Gourd Society.

 You may enter two gourds in this competition.

 Only single manipulated gourds may be entered; not manipulations involving two or more


 All entries must have been grown after January 1, 2009, and not have previously won at any

state chapter’s Jim Story Award or dry manipulated gourd competitions.

 We will be using the same judging criteria as the national Jim Story award competition. This can

be found at

 Deadline to receive entries will be October 2, 2017.

Judging will take place on October 7, 2017, and the winner will be announced at the Idaho Gourd

Society’s annual fall membership meeting on October 14, 2017. We will also have a special display of all

entries at our fall meeting.

The winner will receive a $25.00 cash prize and our special Jim Story Award rosette. The winner will also

qualify to enter in the AGS national Jim Story Award competition.

All entries must be accompanied by a registration form. All entries can be hand delivered or sent to:

Alan Sweeney

1416 Rochester

Caldwell, Idaho 83605

If you are sending in your entry, you are responsible for shipping costs both ways and must enclose

proper return postage. Any entry that does not include return postage will be considered a donation to

the Idaho Gourd Society, and will be used for fundraising purposes. Insurance is highly recommended as

the Idaho Gourd Society and/or its members are not responsible for damage during shipping or on

display. Please know we will do everything we can to safeguard your entry while it is under our care.

For more information, or to obtain the required registration form, please contact us at

Click here for Idaho Competition Registration Form PDF

  Click here for American Gourd Society Press Release for the Jim Story Award Competition  

American Gourd Society Competition

Glenn Burkhalter,
Jim Story Committee Chairman,

The American Gourd Society


For Immediate Release:

Jim Story Award Application Now Available
Cash Award and Trophy Awarded to First Place Winner; Cash Awards and Certificates for Second and Third Place Winners

The American Gourd Society’s Jim Story Award Committee is pleased to announce applications for the 2017 Jim Story Award for manipulation of gourds are now available online at:  

How to Enter the Jim Story Award Competition
The Jim Story Award competition is held at the state/chapter/local organization and at the national level. Winners at the state/chapter/local organization may then enter the national competition. To be considered for national competition, the state/chapter/local organization winner must (A) be a current member of the American Gourd Society and (B) complete and submit the application and required photos to the Jim Story Award Committee.

 Cash Awards and Trophy: First Place Award of $300 and trophy; Second Place Award of $150.00 and certificate; Third Place Award of $50.00 and certificate. All winners recognized in the American Gourd Society Magazine.

Additional Information: Rules, information on Jim Story and educational materials on his gourd growing techniques are available at Information on the American Gourd Society membership, gourd patches, gourd shows and local activities are available at