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[Audio, Slideshow] All About Mayfield's 2015 Gourd Festival and Exhibition

Have you ever seen a family gourd giraffes? How about a gourd Humpty Dumpty? Or a bejeweled gourd cat face? These are some of the highlights in this year's annual All About Gourds exhibition in Mayfield. On Sounds Good, Matt Markgraf speaks with Ric Watson, Executive Director of the Ice House Gallery about the exhibition and the activities at this weekend's Gourd Patch Arts Festival.

Icehouse celebrates 25 years with some new signage outside of the gallery, a large blue sign directing people inside where they will find "All About Gourds" on exhibit through October 3. Some of the standouts are Diane Daubert's Giraffe Family, a Humpty Dumpty by Kenneth Tyler, a long-neck snake gourd eating a mouse, with a rattle at the end of its tail, a bejeweled cat face gourd and a decorated gourd from Tanzania.

Gourds grow in the region and have a long tradition of being adapted into artwork. About 10 years ago, the Icehouse started the festival while the weather's nice in September. They attract works from artists all over the country. A group of artists exhibit every year.

Festival this weekend features 30 arts and crafts vendors selling handmade items, children's activities from the derby car contest to laser tag, live music, food, a silent auction and more. Admission is free ($6 for the tag team game and climbing wall). The festival is one block north of the court square in Mayfield from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There's more about the Gourd exhibition and festival at Icehouse Gallery's Facebook page and at the Icehouse website.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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