SHIPSHEWANA — Shipshewana will be hosting its sixth annual Quilt Festival Wednesday through June 28.
The festival will feature multiple events including a quilt and vendors show, special exhibits, award ceremonies, lectures, workshops and a Shop Hop. While some elements of the festival, including the lectures by well-known quilters Ami Simms and Mary Fons, required advance registration, a good number of events are still open for any who wish to attend.
The festival’s quilt and vendors show, which will be held in the Shipshewana Event Center (home of the Hudson Car Museum), will hold hours of noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28.
A day pass for the event will cost $8, with children 10 and younger admitted free. An event pass, which will allow for entry throughout the entire event, will be $12 (with children 10 and younger receiving free admission).
The cost of admission will grant visitors the opportunity to view all quilts on display and the chance to shop at a variety of vendor booths with patterns, notions and more for sale.
A particularly special feature of the quilt and vendors show this year will be the special exhibit “Quilted in Honor.” This exhibit, which was created in honor of all veterans, helps support Operation Homefront, an organization which assists both wounded warriors and their families through the raising and donating of money. This year, the exhibit will be displayed among the cars in the Hudson Car Museum portion of the Shipshewana Events Center and will provide the backdrop for an awards ceremony scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. Saturday.
While no quilts will be available for sale at the festival, visitors are invited to participate in the Shipshewana Backroads Shop Ho,p which will allow them to collect various patterns with which to start their own projects. The Shop Hop, which features a “Variety is the Spice of Life” theme, will consist of five shops: Yoder Department Store in Shipshewana, Cotton Corner in Shipshewana, Caroline’s Cottage Cottons in Rome City, The Quilt Shop at the Essenhaus in Middlebury and Pumpkinvine Quilting in Middlebury.