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Rotary Club quilt show includes Hoffman winners

Staff report

In addition to antique quilts, the Rotary Club of Paducah announced Monday that its 26th annual Antique Quilt Show will feature a display of quilts that won the Hoffman Challenge and include 16 merchant vendors.

The show will be held April 22-26 at the Robert Cherry Civic Center during AQS Quilt Week. The show will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22-25 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26.

Curator Sue Reich will present "Quilts from 200 Years of American History," an exhibit of quilts from the late 1700s through 1976 bicentennial quilts. Reich will give gallery tour interpretive presentations at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. April 22-25.

Antique Quilt Show Chairman John Williams Jr. said many of the quilts in the exhibit mark important moments in American history.

"A centennial quilt of fabric featuring President George Washington is included in this collection," Williams said. "Numerous quilts from World War I and II are included, and a 'Temperance Tree' quilt from 1890 was selected to be used on our 2014 Quilt Show pin."

The Hoffman Challenge exhibit will showcase winners of the contest, in which entrants must use a specific fabric to create an artistic hanging design. There were 598 entries in seven categories in the Hoffman Challenge this year, according to Hoffman Curator Melissa Ratzlaff, including 17 international entries.

"One winner used over 20 years' worth of challenge fabric for her creation," Ratzlaff said.

The event includes a vendor mall, where visitors can shop from among hundreds of quilt-related items. Most of the vendors have been with the program throughout its 26 years, according to Williams.

Proceeds from the Rotary show are used to fund the club's community scholarship program, which provides two free years of education to qualified students graduating from Paducah or McCracken County schools, as well as other scholarship and educational charities.

"Thanks to the efforts and generosity of our Rotarians and our hundreds of Quilt Show visitors, the Rotary Club of Paducah has helped hundreds of young people afford a higher education," Rotary Club President Chris McNeill said.

Admission to the Antique Quilt Show is $5 for the week. Quilt show pins are also $5 each, and a limited number of the previous year's pins will be available.

AQS Quilt Week attendees can ride the free shuttle from the convention bus stop to the Robert Cherry Civic Center for the Rotary show.

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