Why historic, you ask? It got RAINED on
for the first time in 37 years!
Luckily we had gotten there at 7:30 AM to watch the hanging, so saw most of the show.
First we saw them hanging quilts from relatively low balconies. Then we watched as the firemen used their special equipment: ladders, of course, and hooks to grasp wayward corners to get the quilts in place.
We wandered up and down viewing quilts on one of three long streets and all the short streets between two of the long ones.
We saw probably 2/3 of the 1300 quilts that were displayed before the first raindrops fell. At first it seemed just a teaser, as the drops evaporated almost as fast as they fell; then they stopped. Quilts that had been removed were replaced. Then more drops fell. Then more and more and faster and faster. Volunteers hustled as fast as possible with ladders to remove quilts and get them inside; people hustled for shelter when thunder and lightening began. We sat in a nice bakery/coffee shop while the hail hit. The 2012 outdoor show was over around 4:30 pm and streets were opened to traffic early.
I kept searching and did find an older post about a quilt show so linking this one with Val’s Tuesday Archives.