Are you ready for the 12th Annual Gourd Artist Gathering in Cherokee?  Do you have your name badge completed and ready to enter the 2014 Name Badge Contest?  If you’ve done this before, you know what to expect.  If this is your first year, here are the guidelines:

1.  Make your name badge out of a GOURD (or a piece of gourd).  
2.  Put your FIRST name and LAST name on the badge.  
3.  Include the STATE or country you come from.
4.  Badge should be theme-related

That’s so EASY!  You get to decide whether to make a pin, necklace, hat, pendant, or anything else that will help identify you.  Here’s your chance to be original and creative, SO GO FOR IT.  We’re expecting a lot of new faces this year and wearing a name badge is a good way to get acquainted.  This contest is always fun and we’re hoping to have a lot of entries for 2014.  Be sure to wear them throughout the Gathering!

Our theme this year is "Gourds of Oz", and we can't wait to see name badges from wicked to wonderful!   Don't forget to make a name badge for anyone else who might be coming with you (spouse, family member, or friend).
1st Place
Tonia Owen, FL
Mike and Michelle Thompson of Mississippi will again be Coordinating this year's contest.

To enter the contest, stop by the NAME BADGE CONTEST table, sign-up, and have a picture taken of your badge during Registration periods, which are:

Thursday evening from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday morning from 8:00 - 9:00 am.

If you will be arriving at the Gathering after the Registration periods, you can still enter until 12:00 noon on Saturday.  Check with the folks in the Registration Area and they'll point you in the right direction!

Winners will be announced before the Auction gets underway on Saturday night.  Winners will receive monetary prizes (a little extra shopping $$$)!
Last year's winners for
"Gourd Like an Egyptian"
3rd Place
Judy Ryan, NH
2nd Place
Terry Jordan, FL
Youth Winner
Danielle Owen, FL
Lee Ann Lewis, GA                  -     Honorable Mentions     -               Rebecca Kress, NC