QUILTWEEK KUDOS

ELLEN O"NAN | The Sun

It's human nature to take things for granted after a time, even something wholesome and beneficial.

There should be no such lagging sentiments about Paducah's signature annual event, and certainly the one with the broadest national and international reach -- the American Quilter's Society's annual Spring QuiltWeek.

We're now a week removed from the most recent show, which estimates place at around 30,000 quilt enthusiasts, on par with previous years, coming to town for several days of exhibits.

More importantly, the event infused the community with needed tourism dollars via hotel rooms, fuel, restaurants and shopping.

While some residents fuss each year about the city taking on thousands of guests, the fuddy duddies dwelling on short-term gripes like delayed traffic, busier restaurants and hiccups to daily routines, the editorial board isn't among them.

Thanks to organizers, many of those complaints have been nullified, rendered moot by technology, attention to planning and efficiency.

A story on Saturday's front page debriefed readers on QuiltWeek from organizers' perspective, specifically their efforts to help visitors travel the city without headache, easing traffic concerns and downtown congestion.

Their efforts, at least anecdotally, seemed successful.

It was just a few years ago that QuiltWeek flooded downtown streets and parking lots for days at a time. Last week, QuiltWeek's downtown impact was so minimal you'd barely notice it.

The editorial board is grateful Paducah hosts not only the spring show, but a fall offering as well. The events add prestige and publicity to our city, and some businesses and residents have come to rely on the myriad of economic benefits.

In short, quilters take care of Paducah and Paducah has done -- and continues to do -- its best to take care of quilters.

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