If you’ve never been to the AQS show in Paducah, figure out a way to get there! I love lots of quilt shows but that show is my all time favorite. Paducah is such a warm and friendly town; they love having the quilters there and make us feel so welcome.
AQS has had such a struggle with the Paducah show the last few years. The Executive Inn was an integral part of the show . . space for vendors, rooms for so many attendees and vendors, bathrooms, restaurants and I don’t even know what all. At the show in 2008, it was apparent to everyone that the hotel was in total disrepair and things just went downhill from there. The AQS folks had no control over the Executive Inn as it was owned by people totally not related to the show and after a few things that happened, apparently not very nice people at that.
Most anyone I know would have said “forget it” and abandoned Paducah and gone somewhere else. It was pretty late before we even knew for sure if the 2009 show was going to be held in Paducah. Things were looking up though by the time the 2009 show happened. New owners had been found. The hotel which had been closed for a good many months was able to re-open for the show, under the management of the future owners even though the sale had not been closed.
Shortly after the 2009 show, the sale fell through, the hotel was again closed and I seriously doubted that a show would happen there in 2010. But, the AQS folks love Paducah and appreciate that quilters love Paducah and the revenue brought in by the quilters is a huge boost to that town and they perservered. After reading about the air conditioned AQS Pavillion that will be erected, I’m thinking it might even be better than what it was when the Executive Inn was part of the show.
Make plans to attend the 2010 AQS show in Paducah, KY! April 21-24, 2010.
And, the best news is:
- Dates for the 2011 and 2012 shows have been posted.
- The state parks in KY make reservations up to three years in advance.
- My reservations are made for 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Now I’m really excited!! 🙂