It's More Than Gourds: It's A Reunion | A Tradition | A Destination | An Experienc
After 20 years at the Cherokee Fairgrounds, the Gourd Gathering is moving!
About a week before the 2022 Gourd Gathering at Cherokee, we learned that the Fairgrounds buildings were being taken down due to structural issues. The location will be closed to all events for at least two years while a new facility is built.
We scurried around to find an alternate site, and were able to secure the Smoky Mountain Event Center, in Waynesville, NC, for June 7-11, 2023. This is about midway between Asheville and Cherokee, and is close to lovely Lake Junaluska.
We plan to use the Apple Orchard Building for classes and indoor vendors and the Burley Livestock Barn for outside vendors and cutting/carving/burning classes.
Waynesville offers locally owned shops and galleries, as well as a variety of restaurants.
Our destination will be new in 2023, but it will be a grand reunion where we treasure our old traditions and start new traditions.
Come for the experience…it will be a gathering to remember.