Source: Valley Roadrunner

Bates to host 4th Annual Gourdstock Festival June 29-30

June 19, 2013

Bates Nut Farm will be home to the 4th annual Gourdstock Festival hosted by San Diego County Court Artists and California Gourd Society groups.

This celebration of all-things-gourd features classes, demonstrations, competition and exhibits. The Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 29 & 30 from 9 a.m.5 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission and parking are free. There will be gourd art on exhibit and for sale, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, raw gourds, and a variety of vendors. Family friendly entertainment includes a petting zoo and picnic grounds.

Several classes will be held in conjunction with the Gourdstock Festival, appealing to a broad range of skill levels and interests. Classes are scheduled from June 26 29, and are priced from $38 - $80, depending on the class selected. Class size is limited, and pre-registration is required. Go to or for more information or to download a class catalog.

New to the Festival this year is the California Gourd Society Gourd Art Northern Competition and Show 2013. This competition challenges members to create new art and develop new ideas for gourd art that fulfills the requirements of a show category. Artists will compete in several categories spotlighting techniques such as pyrography, painting, filigree or fretwork, carving and dyeing.

Gourd decoration is an ancient tradition in Africa and Asia, as well as among indigenous peoples of the Americas. Gourd crafting and painting has evolved from early hand carvings to the modern day use of electric wood burners and high-speed rotary tools. They can be ornamental or useful. No longer just a craft, gourd art has been elevated to fine art status, finding a home in galleries and museums.

Bates Nut Farm is located at 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center. Farm and Store hours are 9 a.m.5 p.m. daily. Entrance to the farm and parking are free. For more information and directions call 760-749-3333 or visit