The Heritage Quilt Festival - A Stitch in Time That Binds a Community Together

Sherri Love

The Ashland Beacon


   It's Fall Festival time, so If you're in the mood for live music, hayrides, craft vendors, inflatables, a large selection of the best food around, Lotus Heart&Soul Yoga with Rhonda, a talent show, beauty pageant, and even a motorcycle show, then make your way to the 18th Annual Heritage Quilt Festival in South Shore this coming weekend. It will definitely have something for everyone to enjoy!

   Not only can you look at the amazing handcrafted quilts on display, but you're encouraged to bring your lawn chairs so you can stay a while to visit with friends and family in this small, close-knit community and enjoy all of the activities at the Rotary Park in South Shore. This year's Quilt Festival is September 27-29, with festivities running from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

   "The Heritage Quilt Festival was created in 2002 to bring the community together and to help keep the art of "Quilt-making" alive," said committee member, Molly Ratliff, 32, of South Shore, who has been involved with the festival for the past five years. The first year the festival was on Main Street in South Shore, then the committee voted to move it to the Park the following year, and that is where it’s been ever since. The committee had a stage built five years ago thanks to Dr. Grant Stephenson, of South Shore, and that has been wonderful for all of their featured performers. This year’s lineup includes: Creek Don't Rise, The Riffitts, Mothman, Super Natural, Kyote, Sam Smith, season eight The Voice contestant Kelsie May and more.

   Ratliff said, "Our quilt festival is unique because we are such a small town and to have so many people come together to support our community is amazing. This is a great event every year that brings us closer, where we have fun for the whole family and get to enjoy great entertainment. I love to plan and organize this event with the other committee members; Bonnie Warroner and Staci Warnock, both of South Shore, because it feels as if we are family. Every year we have a talent show on Saturday night that everyone looks forward to because it gives others in our town a chance to show off their talents, and this is the second year for our Princess Pageant, which gives little girls their own chance to shine. We hope this event gets bigger and bigger each year, and we are always looking for additional sponsors and vendors and still have spots available for next weekend," said Ratliff.

   The Quilt Festival is held at the Rotary Park, which is located on Brickyard Road off US 23 in South Shore, Ky. For more information about the Quilt Festival and a full list of events, vendors and time schedules, visit the South Shore Heritage Quilt Festival's page on Facebook for all of the details.