Barn Quilt Tour plannedURBANA — Make plans now to take an autumn drive through Champaign County’s beautiful rolling countryside during the 7th Annual Barn Quilt Tour event. Several barns throughout southeast Champaign County will be open to visitors Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th. Tour-goers will enjoy antique farm equipment displays, modern & vintage quilt displays and quilt sale, educational and historical exhibits; local foods, farmer’s market featuring pumpkins & mums, children’s activities, performances, and more!
As an extension of the Champaign County Barn Quilt Tour, businesses and individuals are invited to participate in the Clothes Line of Quilts Contest. Contestants are encouraged to create unique quilt displays at their homes and places of business before and during the tour. Cash prizes will be awarded to the individual winners and recognition given to the business winners. “The Clothes Line of Quilts promotion is an integral part of the Champaign County Barn Quilt Tour event”, comments Sandi Arnold, Executive Director of the Champaign County Chamber & Visitors Bureau. “Not only does the contest generate excitement for and add to the beauty of the tour, but when visitors drive through our county before and during the event, it’s evident that this is truly a community effort and our residents take a deep pride in the rich agricultural heritage of Champaign County”
The Champaign County Barn Quilt Tour was established in 2006 and currently features over 70 barn quilts. The Chamber offers tour maps for those who wish to take self-guided tours throughout the year.
The $10 tour tickets will go on sale in September at the Champaign County Chamber of Commerce and other locations to be announced throughout Champaign County.
Barn Quilt Tour information and Clothes Line of Quilts entry forms can be found at www.champaigncountybarns.com or picked up from the Chamber office at 113 Miami St. in Urbana. For further tour information, contact the Chamber at (937) 653‑5764.