Some of you have been asking about the attendance at the Paducah show. Here is the press release we sent out on Friday.
PADUCAH -- More than 30,000 quilters attended the 25th Anniversary AQS Quilt Show, April 22 – 25. Quilters attended from 47 states and 11 countries. The attendance was 4% less than 2008. “Considering the economy and uncertainties relating to the sale of the Executive Inn, we are pleased that the attendance was close to last year,” stated AQS President Meredith Schroeder. “We know the quilters love coming to Paducah and attending our show here. This show turns Paducah into Quilt City USA at this time every year.”
Discussions are underway related to the 2010 AQS Quilt Show & Contest. As plans are formalized, more information will be available on the AQS Web site, www.AmericanQuilter.com.
The American Quilter’s Society holds three quilting events each year, the Annual AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, Kentucky, each April; the AQS Quilt Expo – Knoxville, Tennessee, in July; and the AQS Quilt Expo – Des Moines, Iowa, in October. AQS has awarded more than $2.5 million in cash awards to quilters in contests at these events. These events provide from $12 to $20 million in economic impact to the cities where the events are held.