POINT PLEASANT — One of the staples of this weekend’s Country Fall Festival at the West Virginia State Farm Museum is the “Harvest of Quilts.”
“It’s an art and it’s coming back strong,” Phyllis Hesson, member of the Camp Conley Community Educational Outreach Services (CEOS) club said about quilting.
Registration of items will be taken from 3-6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6 at the farm museum’s country kitchen.
The annual quilt show was started in 1987 by Mason County CEOS Clubs - this year, it’s being sponsored by Camp Conley CEOS. The idea behind the show was to preserve the heritage of quilting and to encourage the renewal of this art form. Shortly after this, “Quilts ‘N Things Quilt Guild” started in 1988 and from that, an evening guild, “Quilts ‘N Things, Too” was born in 1998.
The first show was displayed in Fort Randolph at Krodel Park in 1987 with the theme “Stitches in Time.” Since that time, the show has been held at the farm museum with the theme “Harvest of Quilts.”
The show is open to all quilt makers and quilt owners. There is no entry free for exhibiting or viewing. The “Peoples Choice Award” is given in each of these four categories: full quilts, hand quilted or machine quilted. There’s a cash award of $10 for first place and $5 for second place and third place receives honorable mention.
Quilts in all categories may be exhibited - old, new, pieced, appliqued, traditional or contemporary, bed size or wall hangings are all included. Other items such as table clothes, table runners, place mats, etc., are also accepted.
A door prize will be given each day.
Admission to the Country Fall Festival is free and there is free parking. The festival is from 9-5 p.m., Oct. 5-6 at the museum located directly across from the Mason County Fairgrounds. On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be an Antique Gas Engine Show and Antique Bottle Show as well as a Gravely Swap Meet - the latter of which includes a visit from a gentleman from Spencer who brings all things (and parts) that any Gravely aficionado could need. In addition, there will be apple butter and molasses being made, and sold, on both days of the festival.
At 1 p.m. on Saturday only is the Antique Tractor Pull which will take place on the pull track near the museum’s sawmill. At 9 a.m. on Sunday only, is the morning church service in the museum’s log church. At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday only is a gospel sing.