Volunteers made quilt show a success

To the editor:

Hancock County Extension Homemakers wish to thank the following people who contributed to the success and pleasure of the 2015 Riley Festival Home Arts and Quilt Show:  

  • The Hancock County commissioners, Brad Armstrong, Marc Huber and Tom Stevens, for permitting the 2015 Show to take over their meeting room for five days. It is a wonderful area that allows complete access for all to enjoy the amazing and unique items on display and is especially appreciated by visitors who may be physically challenged.
  • The show’s entrants — 80 seniors and five juniors — who shared their talents through the over 220 items on display during the show. Please keep the 2016 show in mind as you work on winter projects and 4-H projects for the fair. We can always find space for more.
  • Tom Billings, past Riley Festival president, for the extremely effective shelf/pegboard display units he built in 2012.
  • Jim McWhinney, parks department, and his crew for transporting and assembling large quilt display racks, tables and especially the three large glass display cases used during the show, to the courthouse annex for the show, and on Sunday evening, taking everything down and returning it to storage.
  • Common Threads Quilt Guild members who volunteered their time during the lengthy judging process Wednesday, returning the following morning to expertly hang and display the many beautiful quilts that were entered. Once again, Sunday afternoon, they volunteered their time to assist in taking down displays and releasing exhibits. Their help is truly invaluable.
  • Lastly, and certainly not least, the Hancock County Extension Homemakers members, including “mailbox members” who worked Wednesday from 12 to 6 p.m., helping with registration and accepting exhibits; those who assisted judges on Wednesday until late evening to complete the enormous chore of judging all entries; “the display crew” ladies who arrived at 9 a.m. Thursday morning to arrange the many entries to attractively display the items; those who volunteered time during festival hours when the show was open to greet visitors and answer questions; and finally, everyone who returned at 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon to help with releasing exhibits and cleaning up afterward.

Thank you to everyone who gave of their time, talents and service that contributed to the success of the 2015 Home Arts and Quilt Show. It takes all of us to make it work. We are honored and thankful to have the support of all involved.

Rosalie Hunt and Debbie Stucker

Hancock County Extension Homemakers

Co-chairs Riley Festival Home Arts and Quilt Show