Entries needed for Shaker Village expositions

September 10, 2003

PLEASANT HILL - The weekend of Sept. 20-21, Shaker Village here will present "Fall on the Farm" and local residents can be a part of the annual event.

Most fall harvest-type fairs, both of yesterday and today, include judging of domestic industries and arts such as quilts. Entries are open to the general public and no entry fees are charged.

Quilt entry information

The sixth annual Pleasant Hill Quilt Exposition, held in conjunction with Fall on the Farm, will feature modern, handmade quilts as well as heirloom treasures. Each year, a larger number of quilts are entered and the variety in each category increases. Many of the quilt entries tell stories, and each quilt has a very special meaning to its owner.

Quilts will be displayed in the West Family Washhouse. Judges will award premiums in six categories of handmade quilts, and visitors to the village will cast votes for their favorite "heirloom" quilts.


Ribbons and prizes for the quilt competition are sponsored by Linda Wilson Realty of Harrodsburg. Seventy-four quilts were entered in last year's Quilt Exhibition, and more are expected this year.

Handmade divisions include: Category 1 - pieced; category 2 - appliqud; category 3 - cross stitch; category 4 - full cloth; category 5 - covers, e.g., baby quilt and crazy quilt; category 6 - wall hangings; and category 7 - beginner. The Heirloom Division is viewers' choice.

Entry form and quilts must be hand-delivered to Shaker Village between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. by Tuesday.

For an entry form for the Pleasant Hill Quilting Competition, call Ruth Keller at (800) 734-5611.

Horticulture entry information

An heirloom vegetable variety is one that is open-pollinated - not a hybrid and will reproduce true from seed - and has been in cultivation for a period of time. The Pleasant Hill Shakers were Kentucky's premier farmers, experimenting with selective breeding of both livestock and garden produce Shakers were often invited to serve as judges at local fairs.

Some common varieties grown today are proven heirloom varieties. Those include black seeded Simpson lettuce, Detroit dark red beets, Henderson bush lima beans and Kentucky Wonder pole beans. All entries are open to the general public and bear no entry fee. There is no limit to the number of classes that may be entered.

The following categories of heirloom fruits and vegetables are open: beans; okra; root crops; squash; tomatoes; melons; cucumbers; peppers; pumpkins; pickles and relishes; canned vegetables or fruits; preserves and sweet meats; honey; sunflowers and bouquets.

Michael and Bill Best of the Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center in Berea will judge these categories. The Sustainable Mountain Agriculture Center is dedicated to preserving Appalachian seed varieties.

For a registration form or additional information on the Horticulture Exposition, call Deborah Larkin at (800) 734-5611, ext. 125, or e-mail

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