- Cullman, Alabama

October 20, 2013

Out of their gourds: Gourd-heads converge on Cullman Civic Center

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — The 15th Annual North Alabama Gourd Show saw more than 300 gourd lovers in the opening hours of the annual event, with crowds expecting to grow later Saturday and Sunday.

Vendor Randy Sullins of Douglas was on hand Saturday for his tenth year.

“I usually go to three different shows but I really enjoy this one because it’s close to home,” Sullins said. “I grow the gourds at home on 20 acres of land.”

Sullins, who says the show at the Cullman Civic Center is one of his best events he attends, has a mixture of sizes and shapes that he brings to sell to the attendees.

“People buy them for different crafts like birdhouses and other decorations,” Sullins said.

The Tucker family traveled from Athens to learn how to carve a gourd during one of the demonstrations inside the civic center. Their five-year-old daughter, Lily was excited to see the constructed gourd people (similar to scarecrows but made from gourds.) Lily said she was having fun at the event.

The festival continues Sunday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for adults and free for children 12 and under, when accompanied by an adult.

For more information on the Gourd show visit:

Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.