Ladies in the pioneer days brought their beloved quilts with them when coming to Texas in the covered wagons and they lovingly cared for them as treasured possessions. Each Spring, the ladies would "air" their quilts in the sunshine following long winter days and lots of usage.
This is why the event is called Airing of the Quilts.
This show is the largest quilt show in Texas. There are usually about 400 quilts displayed.
As you can see these quilters are quite to preserving this skill and even advertise on their vehicles.The Tall Pines Quilt Guild are the sponsors.
At right is our friend Bette who is involved in anything that happens in Huntsville. She was instrumental in bringing all the antique stores to the downtown area and works tirelessly in preserving the uniqueness of our town.
S A M H O U S T O N FOLK FESTIVAL held April 30 through May 2.
In addition to this also going on this weekend is the General Sam Houston Folk Festival which I have covered before in my blog. I will run some of those pictures by again in case you are new to my blog. This event lasts from Friday April 30 through Sunday May 2 and held at the nearby Museum grounds.
There are many vendors selling everything from root beer to kettle corn, with face painting for the kids, groups showing how to make and load a bullet as in the pioneer days, cooking on a fireplace, washing clothes with a washboard and lye soap, and other essentials of daily living for pioneers to survive in the harsh places they settled in the mid 1800's.
There are folklife demonstrations, cultural displays, entertainment and museum tours.
The Scots have their highland games during this time and have a booth set up on the grounds.
There is live music and performances from the Ballet Folklorico, Celtic Menagerie, Golden Peacock,Sahawe Indian dancers, with living history theater, story tellers, ongoing all day every day of the event.
There are strolling characters from Huntsville of that day dressed in period costumes.