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Sac Co. Quilt-A-Fair celebrates barns, quilts

September 18, 2011
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SAC CITY - The Sac County Quilt-A-Fair begins Saturday at the Sac County Fairgrounds and continues through Sept. 25.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, with a 5:30 p.m. program on Saturday.

"With our local quilt entries, quilts from our featured speakers and vendor quilts, there should be 400 to 500 quilts available for people to see," said Atoya Oliver, of Sac City, who is chairing the committee.

A centerpiece of the Quilt-A-Fair is a quilt owned by Sen. Steve Kettering, R-Lake View, featuring all 55 of the original Sac County barn quilt blocks. The Quilt-A-Fair will showcase vintage quilts along with quilts finished just in time for the show.

There is a $5 admission to the quilt show buildings.

Special attractions for the 2011 Quilt-A-Fair include a display of quilts by Sandi McMillan, a national award-winning quilter from Nebraska who was featured at the American Quilters Society show in Des Moines several years ago. McMillan will present daily trunk shows at 1 p.m. on the 4-H stage. Demonstrations on a variety of quilting techniques can be seen on the 4-H building stage each day, with topics, times and presenters posted in the building and listed in the program.

Fact Box

If you go:

What: Sac County Quilt-A-Fair

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Where:Sac County Fairgrounds

Cost: $5 per person to the quilt show buildings

A Saturday evening program will be at the First Christian Church, just east of the fair grounds at 521 Park Ave. McMillan will start the 5:30 p.m. program by sharing tips and techniques for creating award-winning quilts. Susan Cleveland, the 2010 Minnesota Quilter of the Year, will present a trunk show of quilts at 7 p.m. and will share tips for increasing accuracy and adding details to quilts. A virtual tour of Sac County barn quilts will also be shown on Saturday. There is a $5 admission.

A Show and Shine Car Show will be Saturday on the fairgrounds, 416 Park Ave., and a tractor show will be Sunday. There is no preregistration or admission fee for either show. Registration will take place through noon each day.

Food will be available on the fairgrounds, sponsored by the Sac City Kiwanis Club and Sac County 4-H'ers.

The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Quilt-A-Fair omelet breakfast Sunday morning at Sac City's Chautauqua building, adjacent to the fairgrounds.



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