Midsummer Festival to feature Minot Prairie Quilt Guild display
Midsummer Festival to feature quilt display
The hillside will be ablaze in color at this weekend’s Swedish Midsummer Festival in the Scandinavian Heritage Park.
Minot Prairie Quilt Guild is participating in the event and will have 26 quilts of various styles, colors and sizes on display near the Gol Stave Church on the hill in the park.
The guild will be selling some of those quilts as well as other quilted items in the Viking Market on Saturday.
However, the event is primarily about getting the word out to the community about the guild and its community service work, said Jackie Slagle, the guild’s festival chairperson.
“The reason we decided to do this was so we could reach out to the community and let them know what the quilt guild does, because I think a lot of people don’t know,” Slagle said.
A booth is being prepared that will highlight the community work of the guild, which includes the placemats being made for the Meals on Wheels program. A distribution was made just before Easter and another will be made at the end of June to help celebrate the holidays.
Guild members also have donated quilts to various organizations over the years.
The Midsummer’s Festival will give the guild a public presence it hasn’t had for some time. The guild wasn’t able to have its quilt festival in 2020 and 2021. Nor has the guild participated at Norsk Hostfest the past two years, and Hostfest also has been canceled for 2021.
Slagle said the Midsummer’s Festival will create opportunities for the guild and visitors that will be reminiscent of the annual quilt festivals.
Visitors will receive programs that give information about each displayed quilt and include coupons for local quilt shops. The guild raffles a quilt every year, and this year’s quilt to be raffled in December will be on display.
Slagle said the goal is to reach people who otherwise wouldn’t attend a quilt show.
“I am excited for new faces to see what’s available, and I’m hoping that we can find some new younger people that want to be a part of the group because with new people you have new ideas,” she said.
The guild’s booth, to be located near the Dala horse, will have information on membership. Dues are $20 a year, which helps cover the cost of fabric purchased for the guild’s charity pieces.
Interested individuals are welcome to check out the website at minotquilters.com, Minot Prairie Quilt Guild’s Facebook page or visit a meeting, held the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in Vincent United Methodist Church. Meetings include education and show-and-share and are open to quilters from beginner to advanced.
The Midsummer Festival will offer a parade, flag presentation, root beer floats and music, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The schedule includes a lecture series, children’s activities and a Sunday worship service. Details are available on the Scandinavian Heritage Park’s Facebook page.