Unique Creations

The Inter-Mountain photos by Shannon Bennett Campbell West Virginia Wesleyan College’s gym houses the annual Strawberry Festival Quilt and Craft Shows.

BUCKHANNON — Whether the late winter has permitted crocuses to appear or not, most of us are looking past April to get some fun activities placed on our calendars as summer is surely in sight. One event you will not want to miss is associated with the agricultural celebration of strawberries in Buckhannon and may be considered a “best-kept secret.”

Springtime planning needs to include a visit to the Rockefeller Gym on the West Virginia Wesleyan College campus, where a beautiful West Virginia Strawberry Festival Quilt Show will make your Buckhannon visit special. This 40th Anniversary Quilt Show promises to provide its usual quality and invites entries May 14 from noon to 5 p.m. and May 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the gym site. Questions about the show may be directed to Luanne Bowers at 304-472-0836.

Quilting is an art often learned from great-grandmothers who assisted relatives in providing warm coverings for family comfort in homes that were difficult to heat during fierce winter temperatures. Because their construction offers such an opportunity for personal design and stitching skill, they are a popular sewn item that attracts membership to community clubs sponsoring continued quilting participation.

Beginning at 10 a.m. May l7-l8, the show continues through May 19 from 8 a.m. to noon. This competition is again sponsored by Quilters at Heart Guild and the CEOs of Upshur County.

Along with the beautiful quilts displayed at the gym is a full-fledged craft fair down below that fills the gymnasium and offers a wide array of merchandise. It is open through Saturday of the festival and ample parking exists in the lot that surrounds the gym.

Visitors stroll throughout the gym’s upstairs to view all quilt show entries.

While allowances are always made for a dish of strawberry shortcake at this celebration, sometimes people believe the only big attraction is the parade. As I have learned through the years, a detour to view the quilts and the crafts makes for a better completer of assorted Strawberry Festival events.

This visit promises free admission and can be a prominent part of your Buckhannon trip. Add additional color to your stop and appreciate those who have spent days and months designing, cutting fabric and sewing these useful items. Their commitment and determination are to be admired and commended by all.