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For the third year, quilt Court will be held during Benton Arts & Heritage Day inside the old courtroom of the Polk County Courthouse in downtown Benton.

With Benton Arts and Heritage Day slated for Saturday, October 27th, organizers encourage local residents to start digging out their old quilts or finish working on their new quilts to show off in Quilt Court. For the third year, quilt Court will be held inside the old courtroom of the Polk County Courthouse in downtown Benton.

Cheryl Buehler, organizer of Quilt Court, said she was looking forward to another great year of exhibits.

“It’s amazing and fascinating to see the wide variety of quilts folks will bring in,” Buehler said. “Some of them are so intricate it’s hard to imagine anyone having the patience to even do them,” she added.

Buehler said she has learned a lot about quilting since the Arts and Heritage Days festival began.

“When people bring in a family quilt made of old clothes or flour sacks, it’s just amazing to see history right in front of you. I’m grateful so many people have entrusted us to use their heirlooms for the display,” Buehler said.

Nearly 100 quilts were shared during Quilt Court last year. The entire courtroom is used to show them off, with quilts being draped across the old court benches, tables and even on the judges bench.

According to Buehler, there are no prizes and Quilt Court is not a competition. The idea behind Quilt Court is simply to give local folks a chance to show off their quilts – whether it be something they made or something from the family, new or old, pristine or ratty, all quilts are welcome.

For more information about Quilt Court or if you would like to volunteer to help during this year’s event, call the Polk County News at 423-338-2818 or 423-496-4066. Quilts will be taken in beginning the second week of October and the display will be set up October 26th.

Other attractions during Benton Arts and Heritage Day will include a watercolor demonstration by Marie Spaeder Haas, blacksmithing from Robbie Firestone, live music, food and craft vendors and a scarecrow contest. Vendor applications can be picked up at the Polk County News. Food vendors should contact John Pippenger at 423-338-0187.

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