The Ohio Gourd Society, Inc. (OGS) was organized in 1946.  We are the Beta Chapter of the American Gourd Society, Inc.  We are an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and promotion of gourds across the state of Ohio.  Our goal is to expand this exciting hobby while also expanding our Society.


Everything Gourds…..

WHAT WE DO:   The OGS provides opportunities for creativity and learning, community involvement, sharing of talents to people of all ages. 

  • We share information with each other and our communities through talks and demonstrations to groups and organizations within Ohio.
  • We encourage “Gourd Patch” groups to meet socially to share ideas and learn new techniques and complete a project.
  • The OGS sponsors an annual Gourd Show each Fall (first weekend in October) at the fairgrounds in Delaware, Ohio, gourd competitions and demonstrations each Summer at the Ohio State Fair, and an educational event each Spring at the Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio.
  • We also sponsor a Youth Program, with the primary purpose to educate our next generation on the history and uses of gourds, to inspire them to grow and craft gourds, and to inform their peer about the joys of gourding!
  • We hold annual meetings for all members in the spring and fall of each year.
  • We keep our followers informed with Facebook, a website, and a quarterly newsletter for members.

Our Officers

Nelson Litzenberg, President                     jn.litzenberg@gmail.com

Abe Martin, 1st Vice President                   aem1138@gmail.com

Celia Roberts, 2nd Vice President              nroberts3@woh.rr.com

Judy Litzenberg, Treasurer                        jn.litzenberg@gmail.com

Gordon Smith, Asst Treasurer                    scoutfarmer@embarqmail.com

Vikkie Mustad, Secretary                          vmustad51@gmail.com

Linda Rose, Membership                          lindarose@insight.rr.com

John Martin, Advisor                                 Martin.jf.kl@frontier.com

Steve Murray, Historian                             njtarabians@gmail.com

Donna Hutmacher, Director                        jeanniedjh@aol.com

Norm Roberts, Director                              nroberts3@woh.rr.com

Anna Miller, Honorary Director

Open, Publicity

Open, Publicity Assistant

Christina Voise, Show Chair                       cdvoise@gmail.com

Open Assistant Show Chair