Chamber offers quilts and art this weekend at Fickel Park

By Bob McDonnell
The Surveyor

Berthoud’s Fickel Park will be the place to be on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. That’s when this year’s Berthoud Outdoor Quilt and Art and Craft Show takes place.

Deanne Mulvihill, executive director of the Berthoud Chamber of Commerce, says this is the third year the quilters and crafters have combined for the event at the park.

Mulvihill finds the combined event to be an asset for Berthoud. “It stimulates the economy, “she says. In the past, many people attending the June event have stayed in town to eat or shop, the executive director added.

Karen Boston, who does marketing for Berthoud’s Laughing Ladies Quilting, is excited for this year’s event. She finds quilting as a hobby is growing. Boston sees more and more young people taking up quilting. She called it part of the “homestead movement.” “It’s something that can be passed down through generations,” Boston said.

Boston said Jeananne Wright, a noted quilter from Longmont, will attend the show to do quilt appraisals. She has been dedicated to preserving the quilting heritage for 50 years. Speaking of Wright, Boston said, “She has one of the premiere antique quilt collections in the country.”

The Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce will collect the money for the quilts sold, deduct the commission, and issue a check to the quilt owner. Checks may be picked up on June 24.

Anyone wanting more information or to volunteer the day of the event to help hang or take down quilts, may contact the Berthoud Area Chamber of Commerce at 970-532-4200, or visit http://www.berthoudcolorado.com.