Fall QuiltWeek expected to draw more crowds to Paducah

 

PADUCAH, KY — The eclipse is over, but another big event is almost here. Paducah’s first fall QuiltWeek is expected to bring in 15,000 to 20,000 visitors next month.

 

Eclipse weekend kept Simply B Gift Boutique in downtown Paducah busier than saleswoman Kate Johnston expected.

“We just weren’t exactly sure what to expect, but it was so fun. We were so busy,” Johnston said.

Now she’s ready for the next big event.

“Oh, we always love another event. We just thrive on having visitors downtown,” Johnston said.

In a few weeks, she’ll get more visitors in town for Paducah’s first fall AQS QuiltWeek.

“You know, I think everybody thinks it will be the same old thing, but we’re absolutely trying to make it as different as we can,” said AQS Executive Show Director Bonnie Browning.

 

Browning says the event will feature different exhibits than the spring QuiltWeek. It will also give the public a chance to vote on the big award winners. She does not expect as many people as the April event, which had more than 30,000.

While the new Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront is full, many other hotels have openings, and they’ve also dropped the minimum amount of nights you have to stay.

Another change? This will be the first QuiltWeek since AQS co-founder Bill Schroeder passed away.

“We miss him. I know Bill well enough that he would expect us to still put on the best party for 20,000 quilters that we can,” Browning said.

She still expects crowds, and locals like Johnston couldn’t be more excited.

“Absolutely, we can handle all these events. They’re so much fun, they really are,” Johnston said.

Fall QuiltWeek is Sept. 13 through 16. That will be followed by other events, including the UNESCO Creative Cities of Crafts & Folk Art Annual Meeting and Barbecue on the River.