(PRWEB) June 23, 2005
Excitement among attendees is building for the 9th Annual International Gourd Art Festival, happening this weekend, June 25th and 26th at the 100-acre Welburn Gourd Farm in Southern California, and close to 500 people have pre-purchased tickets in anticipation of the big event.
ÂOur phones are practically ringing non-stop,Â says Office Administrator, Daniel Barajas. ÂPeople want to know everything from when the Hawaiian dancers are performing to how gourds grow.Â
Welburn Gourd Farm President, Doug Welburn, comments, ÂWeÂve never had a gourd festival this big before in terms of interest and advanced ticket sales. WeÂre estimated a turnout of 10 or 11 thousand.Â
Among the attractions at this yearÂs festival is the Gourd Art Competition with over 300 original art pieces, the live entertainment incorporating gourd musical instruments, and the new Gourd Crafting Arena, where both adults and kids have the opportunity to create their own gourd masterpiece.
Hard-shell gourds, which were once considered only useful for making birdhouses and craft items, have now emerged as a popular canvas for fine artwork, some selling for upwards of $25,000. With their durable, wood-like shell, gourds make an extremely versatile canvas ideal for painting, carving, sanding, dying, pyrography (burning), sculpting, and even for weaving upon.
The Welburn Gourd Farm, recognized as the worldÂs largest supplier of organic hard-shell gourds, is located about mid-way between the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego in the picturesque valley community of De Luz in northern San Diego County. The farm is open to the public year round and hosts the International Gourd Art Festival every June.
Over 50 gourd art exhibitors, including international artist from Canada and Peru, are participating in this yearÂs event. Festival tickets are $7.50 and children 12 and under are admitted free. For more information call 760-728-4271 or visit http://www.gourdfestival.com.
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