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Go gourd crazy at annual festival

It’s time to get into gourds at Davis Ranch.

This weekend, the iconic Sloughhouse outpost will host its sixth annual gourd festival. With free admission and parking, this family event features gourd arts and crafts as well as gourd sales. Adding to the festive weekend will be music, multicultural performers and food vendors. Tractor rides offer a tour of the ranch, located about 30 minutes from downtown Sacramento. Younger kids will enjoy pony rides, corn maze and other fall fun.

But the main attraction are thousands of gourds. With plenty of hands-on opportunities, learn how to turn an ordinary hollow squash into a work of art. Find out the many uses of these hard-shelled squashes and a little about their history.

During the festival, the California Gourd Society will host its Northern California competition for most creative use of gourds. Society members will offer free demonstrations of gourd how-to’s throughout the weekend.

Complete details on the event are available at www.davisranchgourdfestival.com.

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