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Sew much fun in Ringgold

- STAFF REPORT

If you’re a quilting enthusiast, then your weekend plans are all sewn up.

Head to Ringgold, Georgia, for the third annual Ringgold Quilt Show in the historic Ringgold Depot today-Saturday, Aug. 22-24. Not only will there be about 100 quilts created by talented local quilters on display, but there will be vendors, demonstrat­ions and even hands-on quilting activities.

“We have some really exceptiona­l quilters in this area,” says Kathy Graham, owner of sponsor It’s Sew Time, about the quilts that will be displayed in competitio­n. Ribbons will be given winners in seven categories and a sewing machine awarded to the Best in Show winner.

Graham says the show’s 15 vendors will have sewing machines, quilting machines, fabric, thread, sewing and quilting notions, as well as quilts for sale. Visitors will be able to learn more about new techniques and what’s new in accessorie­s at this marketplac­e.

Many of these vendors will give 15-minute demonstrat­ions at their booths

If you go

› What:

› Where: Ringgold Depot, 155 Depot St., Ringgold, Ga. › When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today-Friday, Aug. 22-23; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24

› Admission: $5 per day, $12 three-day pass

› For more informatio­n: 706-937-3777

throughout the event. Additional­ly, there will be hand-quilting on a quilting frame where visitors can try their hand at sewing.

That’s not the only hands-on activity. Graham says there will be tables for visitors to sew quilt blocks that will be incorporat­ed into Quilts of Valor and into children’s quilts. The latter are given to local children as well as to Ringgold Police officers, who keep them in their patrol cars to distribute to children in need of comforting whom they encounter while on duty.

A highlight of the Ringgold Quilt Show has become the presentati­on of Quilts of Valor, patriotic-themed quilts that are presented to area veterans. Seven veterans will be recipients of quilts this weekend. Graham said those presentati­ons will be held at 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the depot on Friday and Saturday.

For more informatio­n: 706-937-3777.

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