Pigeon Forge, Tn., hosts one of its most popular events this month, one that celebrates the timeless tradition of quilting.
A Mountain Quiltfest with annual attendance of more than 20,000 visitors, celebrates its 19th year, March 13-16. Quilters and crafters from across the U.S. gather to enjoy a quilt show and the opportunity to choose from dozens of classes and seminars.
Quilts have been treasured family possessions for years, and new generations of quilters are learning the craft from parents, grandparents and master quilters at gatherings like the Pigeon Forge event.
A Mountain Quiltfest features vendor malls and quilt shows displayingmore than 300 quilted pieces, located at Smoky Mountain Convention Center and Music Road Convention Center. Quilted items at the show compete for cash and prizes, and an impressive list of quilting experts instruct organized classes at Smoky Mountain Convention Center.
Instructors for 2013 include Charlotte Angotti, Cindy Blackberg, Laurie Brobst, Karen Kay Buckley, Ann Drothler, Cynthia England, Bonnie Goolsby, Klaudeen Hansen, Harriet Hargrave, Paula Nadelstern, Vikki Pignatelli and Ami Simms.
The vendor area offers a variety of quilt- and craft-related items. Other Quiltfest activities include brunch and dinner lectures, show and tell opportunities and quilt appraisals.
Detailed information is available at www.mountainquiltfest.com, where online registration is available.
A Mountain Quiltfest is produced by the city of Pigeon Forge and co-hosted by the Piecemakers and Sevier ValleyQuilters Guilds.
For more information about all Pigeon Forge events, call 800 251-9100 or visit www.mypigeonforge.com.