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Ouachita Quilt Show set for November in Mena

October 17, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.
A raffle quilt drawing will be held at the close of the show on Saturday, Nov. 6. - Submitted photo

MENA -- The 39th Ouachita Quilt Show will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6, in the Education Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Mena.

The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday with a $3 entry fee at the door. There is no cost to enter an item into the show. Quilted items should be taken to the fairgrounds on Tuesday, Nov. 2, from noon to 5 p.m., with a pickup time set for Saturday from 5-6 p.m. A raffle quilt drawing will be held at the close of the show on Saturday.

"For many years, the Ouachita Quilt Show (OQS) took place during the Lum-n-Abner festival but changed to coordinate with chamber-sponsored Ouachita Arts Celebration (OAC) in the fall. This year, both events move to the education and commercial buildings at the Fairgrounds," a news release said.

"The Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild hosts the quilt show, but the show would not be possible without the sponsorship of the Polk County Extension Homemakers Council which is under the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture," the release said.

The quilt show features quilters from Polk County and surrounding areas with over 100 quilts on display every year. In recent years, a prize committee was developed. Prizes from local and national vendors are awarded and range this year from an Ever Sewn sewing machine for the Best in Show ribbon winner to gift certificates and quilting notions for first- through third-place ribbons.

"With 32 different categories, every quilter from beginner to experienced has a place to showcase talent and artistry. We look forward to seeing what you've quilted since the 2019 quilt show. The complete category list is on the Ouachita Quilt Show Facebook page or our website menaquiltshow.weebly.com. For the purposes of this show, a quilt or quilted item must have three layers: the top, the backing, and a middle layer -- traditionally known as batting. You don't have to be the quilt maker to show a quilt. If you were gifted a quilt when you were a child, got married, etc., you can enter it. There is also a 'not for judging' category for antique and vintage quilts," the release said.

This year, two vendor booths are scheduled. New this year is Material Girls, a booth featuring a quilter's stash. Upon retirement from quilting, a local quilter donated her entire fabric stash to the hand quilting Quilt 'n Chat group. The fabric was sorted and made into precuts and measured yardage.

"Don't miss an opportunity to shop this fabulous and exceptional priced fabric, kits, books, and notions collection. Funds from sales in the Material Girls booth will primarily support food insecurity and the local Backpack Program. The Country Store is our Extension Homemakers Council's regular booth of handmade items and home baked goods donated by guild and EHC club members. A baby table will include items especially for babies and toddlers. Country Store sales fund EHC projects," it said.

"The quilt show is known for its raffle quilt made by Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild members," according to the release. Raffle ticket sales benefit the Single Parent Scholarship Fund for University of Arkansas Rich Mountain students. Over $20,000 has been donated in the last 10 years for this scholarship. One ticket is $1, six for $5, or 20 for $10. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the quilt show Nov. 5-6; contact a local quilt guild or EHC members for raffle tickets in advance of the show; or visit Polk County's Extension office where the quilt will be on display at 211 DeQueen St. in Mena.

"This year's quilt made by guild members is a River City 9-Patch and featured in fabrics that represent the fall colors of the Ouachita National Forest. Thank you for helping us continue the giving tradition in 2021," the release said.

Photos of ribbon-winning quilts and quilt show advertisers will be featured on the Ouachita Quilt Show Facebook page.

The new location of this year's quilt show will be the Education Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Mena. For more information on entering a quilt or attending the show, contact Joyce Sanden via text or message at 479-234-3414.

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