Sunday, September 23, 2018

Pamela Powers

Dunn County plans barn quilt tour

Plans are underway to start a Dunn County barn quilt tour.

The Dunn County Barn Quilt project is a cooperative effort between UW-Extension Dunn County, the Greater Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce and the Menomonie Visitors Bureau.

A barn quilt is a block quilt pattern painted on to an eight-foot by eight-foot piece of plywood and hung on a barn or shed.

It will be an artistic way to promote agriculture and tourism in Dunn County.

The goal is to hang at least 20 barn quilts over the next 12 months throughout Dunn County, according to the UW Extension Dunn County newsletter.

“We hope to create a “trail” to bring tourists to the area and business along the way,” the newsletter stated.

The plan is to develop a brochure of all the quilts, a description of the quilt block and a brief history of the farm the artwork is located at along with a map of the quilt trail.

“We hope the tourists will not only enjoy the beauty of the quilt block, but gain a greater appreciation for the rich history of each farm and agriculture while traveling through Dunn County,” the newsletter stated.

An application to be part of the quilt trail can be found on the UW-Extension’s website at Complete and mail the application before March 5. A member of the Project Team will contact applicants with more information. The project team is planning to paint barn quilts March 17-19 at the Dunn County Community Services Building in Menomonie.

Local businesses are encouraged to join in the project through a monetary sponsorship of a barn quilt or by donating supplies to the project team.

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