City considers supporting second annual quilt show

A second quilt show could be coming to Paducah. It’s not a done deal yet. Paducah city commissioners are meeting to decide whether to support another annual quilt show in the fall.

If that happens, the city commits $25,000 per year for marketing and creation of the event.

In April, Crystal Troutt opened up Troutt Old Time General Store and Market in the perfect location to reap all the benefits from the annual quilt show.

"It was phenomenal. It was wonderful," Troutt said.

More than 30,000 people flood Paducah every year for AQS QuiltWeek.

Since the spring of 2008, the city has committed $25,000 each year to help hold the event. Now the city is considering supporting a second show.

"Any business owner would welcome extra business. Definitely, if you’re in a small business, you would not want to turn away business," Troutt said.

Quilter’s Alley has been in business more than 20 years across the street from Troutt’s shop. Owner Pat English says her one concern is that too many quilt shows are starting across the nation, and vendors can’t attend them all.

"It’s an expensive situation to do a show besides the vendor, the fee, the lodging, and food and so forth," English said.

This is why a few other local quilters worry the show may pull away vendors from the existing show.

The American Quilter’s Society wants to hold the second show starting in September of 2017, running at least through Sept.19. If the city votes to support the plan, it will be up to AQS to plan the next step.

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