August 7, 2011 (Valley Center) – San Diego County Gourd Patch invites you to the second annual Gourdstock Festival at Bates Nut Farm in August 27-28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Gourds are those funny shaped fruits, the pumpkin’s cousin, that dry out and can be used as containers, decorative art pieces, crafts, musical instruments and more. They were often used by the Indians to carry water and store supplies. There will be free demonstrations plus vendors selling all kinds, shapes, and sizes of raw and decorated gourds. You can also enjoy free classes, a fine arts fair, petting zoo for kids, and more.
Enjoy one of the classes on making hanging lamps, pine needle bowls, gourd dolls and more. You can also do a “Make and Take” and buy various kits to take home. Enjoy the fine art fair displaying a wide variety of gourd creations and styles. Learn “How to Grow a Gourd” from beginning to end. Enjoy the Bates farm’s park; bring a picnic lunch or enjoy food from vendors.
Bates Nut Farm is located at 15954 Woods Valley Road in Valley Center. For more information on Bates Nut Farm, visit www.batesnutfarm.biz.
Bring your camera to take some pictures of the various styles of gourds and fine art. To learn more about Gourdstock and to sign-up for classes go to sandiegocountygourdpatch.com
or email sherryhungamoore.com.