Lake Osakis Resort Association Sponsors 8th Annual “Quilts Along The Trail” Show September 10, 2011

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250 Quilts hung on display along the beautiful Central Lakes Trail as it runs through the city of Lake Osakis on Saturday, September 10, 2011.

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Carol Mihalchick noted “There are no entry fees and there is no judging, just the enjoyment of sharing the art and beauty of the quilts!”

Held annually on the Saturday following Labor Day weekend, the event draws quilters and art enthusiasts from far and wide. During this years event more than 700 people strolled along the Central Lakes Trail viewing the 250 quilts which had been hung from specially installed display wires designed to show off the antique and contemporary quilts.

Barb Weigers, one of those who volunteered in the organizing of the event, said, “It was a perfect day for taking a walk along the trail, sunny and calm, just beautiful!” The beautifully colored quilts were lit by bright sunshine and attendees enjoyed the warm temperatures.

The show began at 9:00 a.m. with all the quilts hung, vendors in place, exhibits ready and delicious food prepared. Members of the Elim Lutheran Church served their popular fresh rolls and hot coffee as people arrived to take part in the festivities. The “Uff Da Mountain Boys” entertained the visitors with Scandinavian and bluegrass music beginning at 10:00 a.m. Osakis Meats was on hand with their well loved pork-chop-on-a-stick booth, among others.

Lake Osakis is the trailhead for the states longest hard-surfaced biking and hiking trail, along which the quilts were displayed. It is in the City of Osakis that the Lake Wobegon and Central Lakes trails meet, combining to encompass 122 miles of trail. The town of Osakis itself is filled with quaint and unique shops that are fun for the family to explore.

Vacationers staying in the area known for its family resorts, fishing and hiking opportunities and excellent golf courses, were enchanted with the festive atmosphere of the “Quilts Along The Trail” event. Vendors and exhibits lined a two block area right next to downtown Osakis. Folks enjoyed the live music and the chance to try a little quilting for themselves at the “Make and Take” station where, in about 30 minutes, it was possible to turn a packet of materials into a cute little pincushion.

Carol Mihalchick noted “There are no entry fees and there is no judging, just the enjoyment of sharing the art and beauty of the quilts!”

Attendees were invited to register, free of charge, for a quilt to be given away during the show. This year’s lucky winner was visiting from Long Prairie, Minnesota. She said she really enjoyed the show and was delighted with the “Bed Turning” presentation where quilts were displayed on a bed and as each one was turned back, the history and style of the quilt was explained by the curator.

In addition, there was a “Challenger Quilt Show” featuring items done by local and regional quilters who have all used the same pattern of fabric in a package of fat squares. Of the more than 90 displays in three categories, no two were alike in spite of the fact that all of the participants used the same patterns of fat quarters. Many of these items were offered for sale by the Challenge Quilters. A consignment sale was also featured during the event.

The “Quilters Flea Market” was busy selling packaged quilt blocks, pre-cut fat quarters, fabric and remnants, finished quilts and quilted items at bargain prices.

There is always something interesting and fun to do in Osakis, no matter the season of the year. It seems folks just gravitate to the area to relax and have fun. The Lake Osakis Resort Association is proud to participate in community festivities and proud to assist visitors with lodging choices appropriate for all sizes of groups from couples and families to reunions and retreats. There is a perfect option for every budget in the immediate Lake Osakis area.

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