The Mayfield Art Guild, in conjunction with the Icehouse Gallery, is holding their 14th annual Gourd Patch Arts Festival. This unique and fun event is being held on Saturday, September 15 from 9 am - 3 pm. The events kick off at 8 am at the Icehouse Gallery with a 5K run sponosred by Independence Bank.
The gourd festival opens at 9am and features more than 40 arts & crafts vendors, a shaded food court with four food trucks, a fresh coffee kiosk and a bake sale table. The food trucks will all have different menus to offer visitors a variety of items; Mija’s food truck (pronounced “mee-ha’s”) will have Mexican food, the Little Korea food truck will be there, Greg Sanderson will have burgers and hot dogs, Louisiana Recipe Southern Cuisine will have their food truck with a Cajun menu and Peak Nine Coffeehouse from Paducah will have a coffee wagon.
The children’s Gourd Race Car Derby will begin at 10 am, emceed by the Art Guild’s own Ronn Moyers. From 9 until 11, members of Dr. John Hill’s Murray State University Percussion Ensemble will be roving the grounds playing music on instruments made from gourds. Also for the children, FNB Bank’s “Money in the Haystack” will begin at 11. Money and candy will be buried in a haystack and youngsters will get to keep what they find.
Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell will be giving hayrides in and around the Icehouse Gallery throughout the day. A live band, Oxford Street from Martin, Tennessee, will begin playing at 11am and will continue until 2pm. If that's not enough to entice you, the folks from Tilghman Beauregard Camp will be selling tickets for their Ghost Walk that will be at 7 pm on festival day.
Visitors will be able to place bids all day at the Silent Auction being held both inside the gallery and outside the building in the vendor booth area. Bidding will end at 2:30 pm when all of the winners will be revealed.
The Gourd Festival also marks the opening of the Icehouse Gallery’s annual “All About Gourds” art exhibition. Gourd artists from around the region compete for cash prizes for artwork made from gourds.
This year they again have FNB Bank as a principal underwriter. Additional underwriting support comes from friends at the Laurel Oak Garden Club, Mayor Teresa Rochetti-Cantrell and the City of Mayfield, Johanna Fox, CPA., Hoot Gibson, owner of HGDS and Gibson Rentals and Dairyman’s Supply, who are also sponsoring Willie 102.1’s on-air broadcasting and the special appearance by “Bear on the Air.”
Additional sponsors include the Kiwanis Club of Mayfield, Riley Architects, Independence Bank, Gilliam-Thompson Furniture, the Mayfield Graves Tourism Commission and D&B Farms who will be selling mums throughout the day.
There’s always free admission to the Gourd Festival and the gourd art show. The gallery is located at 120 North 8th Street, one block north of Broadway and the Courthouse Square in Mayfield. Visit their Facebook page at “Icehouse Gallery” or by phone at 270.247.6971 for additional information.