Gourd Festival returns to Melbourne

Artists can pick a gourd of any shape to create almost anything.

The Florida Gourd Society will conduct its 2021 State Gourd Festival from Feb. 26 to 28 at the Azan Shrine Center at 1591 W. Eau Gallie Blvd. in Melbourne.

An Ocean of Gourds will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

This will be the eighth year that the event has been held in Melbourne and the 22nd year that it has been held in Florida.

It is a free event.

Activities include classes all weekend and demonstrations during lunch hours.

It will highlight an Azan kitchen, gourd growers and supply vendors, a gourd competition area, silent auctions and raffles.

The growers bring in large trailers full of varieties of gourds and spread them out on the grassy area in front of the auditorium. Inside, viewers will find supply vendors with tools, beads, dyes and patterns. Crafted gourds also will be for sale in the booths as well as those in the competition area.

For information, call 904-240-1388 or go to flgourdsoc.org.