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Darlington prepares for autumn events
Quilt show added to annual Fall Festival weekend
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DARLINGTON—A weekend in the country kicks off on Saturday, Sept. 15, with a barn quilt tour and a quilt show in Darlington, followed by Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 16.
The Quilts of Lafayette County Show will feature all kinds of quilts, including antique quilts, bags, baby quilts, full-size quilts and throws. Heidi Brenum, owner of Pins and Pieces in Darlington, said approximately 110 local quilts and a story of the history of each quilt will be featured at the show in the Darlington Municipal Building, 627 Main St., from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The quilt show coincides with a sidewalk sale in downtown Darlington on Saturday. Brenum said some quilts will be displayed in the downtown stores. Also, the Lafayette County Dairy Promotion is offering the first 150 people who purchase tickets for the quilt show free milk or ice cream with a meal at Towne House and Riverwood Restaurant that day. Tickets for the quilt show are $5 a person or $4 with a donation to the food pantry.
The quilt show will also feature quilt shop vendors as well as Laurie Aaron Hird of Gratiot, the author of two quilt books who will give a talk on each book.
“There’s something for everyone in Darlington that day,” Brenum said.
The barn quilt tour will start at 10 a.m. at the Darlington Municipal Building. The two-hour bus tour will stop at approximately 45 different locations with barn quilts of all colors, shapes and sizes. The informative tour will be guided by Pat Discher who paints barn quilts locally. Seating for the tour is limited to 29 people. Tickets are $12 a person for the tour around Darlington and the northeast corner of Lafayette County.
Brenum said there is still room for people to enter a quilt into the quilt show or get a ticket for the bus tour. Call her at 776-2116 for more information.