POINT PLEASANT — With the West Virginia State Farm Museum’s Fall Festival just around the corner, quilters are reminded that registration for the 30th anniversary of the “Harvest of Quilts” takes place between 3-6 p.m. Friday.
Quilts will be received at the back entrance of the farm museum’s dining hall. There is no fee to enter one or more quilts.
The quilt show, sponsored by the Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS), will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each day, quilt viewers will cast ballots for their favorite quilts. Viewing of the quilts is open and free to the public. In addition, a drawing for a $10 door prize will take place each day.
On Sunday, voting of the quilts will end at 3 p.m. While the ballots are being counted, a reception for the quilters will be held in the dining room. Mason County Folk Festival Belle April Pyles, will give a brief presentation on “Celebrating our Heritage through Quilting.” Music will be provided by Jim Wamsley and Jessie Darnell, playing the mandolin and guitar. Refreshments will be served.
Once the ballots have been counted and ribbons placed on the winning quilts, certificates and prize money will be awarded for the following quilt categories. (1) Large, machine-quilted: first place, $20, second place, $10, third place, honorable mention; (2) Large, hand-quilted: first place, $20, second place, $10, third place, honorable mention; (3) Small, machine-quilted: first place, $10, second place, $5, third place, honorable mention; and (4) Small, hand-quilted: first place, $10, second place, $5, third place, honorable mention.
Large and small quilts can be of any pattern. Category Number 5, Quilt Blocks, can be any size and made of any fabric, but for this year, they must feature something about West Virginia as the theme. It has not yet been determined what the winner of this category will receive.
In addition to the “Harvest of Quilts,” the farm museum’s Country Fall Festival will feature an antique gas engine show, the Gravely Tractor Swap Meet, an antique tractor pull, an antique bottle show and more. Sorghum, cider, apple butter and soup will also be made and sold on site during the festival. The museum’s old village includes a country store, a doctor’s office, an old church, a one-room school house and more.
The West Virginia State Farm Museum is located at 1458 Fairground Road, north of Point Pleasant.
For more information, contact Catherine Yauger, committee chair, at 304-675-5049.
April Pyles is a freelance writer for OVP who is also a member of the WoHeLo CEOS Club and CEOS County Council.