Squash any plans you might already have for this weekend and head to the Show-Me Gourd Art Festival, where raw and crafted gourds are on display. Predict the ribbon winners, then shop vendor booths for everything you need to create your own masterpiece. The weekend also includes a live auction, raffles and workshops.
$5 for both days; Saturday 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.; Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, 3001 N. Grant Ave., Springfield. For more info, call 417-833-2660 or visit showmegourdsociety.com.