Above, the Schroeder family upon the re-naming of the Paducah Expo Center to the William and Meredith Schroeder Expo Center. This designation was made on March 1, 2016 by the Convention Center Corporation as a way of thanking the family that founded the quilt show in Paducah. Following is a press release regarding the announcement of a new Fall AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah beginning in 2017.
March 1, 2016
American Quilter’s Society Announces Second AQS QuiltWeek® in Paducah, Kentucky, starting in 2017
Paducah, KY–American Quilter’s Society, the largest quilting membership organization in the world, is pleased to announce a second AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, Kentucky, starting in 2017. The Fall AQS QuiltWeek – Paducah will be held at the Paducah Convention & Expo Center, September 13–16, 2017.
AQS President Meredith Schroeder stated, “The Fall 2017 AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah will have a new contest with more prizes and new events for the quilters to attend. More than $250,000 will be awarded to quilters in the Spring and Fall QuiltWeek events in 2017. It will also be another opportunity for AQS to recognize today’s quiltmakers and to provide another tourism event in Paducah and Western Kentucky. We appreciate the assistance of Mayor Kaler and the Paducah City Commissioners, Judge Leeper and the County Commission, Brian Katz, chairman and the Paducah-McCracken County Convention Center Board, and Mary Hammond, executive director and the Paducah Visitors Bureau in making this new event possible.”
The AQS Quilt Contest at the new Fall AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah features new categories, with the Best of Show award of $20,000 and $125,250, in total cash awards. There will be no purchase awards for the Fall Paducah contest.
AQS has hosted events in Paducah for 32 years. The 2014 survey indicated an economic impact of $25.4 million, in Paducah and Western Kentucky from this event. In addition to a quilt contest at each AQS QuiltWeek event, there are educational workshops and lectures with leading national quilt instructors, and a Merchant Mall featuring the latest in quiltmaking supplies and machines. AQS QuiltWeek will turn the entire area into Quilt City USA® for two weeks, starting in 2017. More information will be released when available on quiltweek.com.
About the American Quilter’s Society
The American Quilter’s Society is the largest quilting membership organization in the world. For 32 years, AQS has been the leading voice in quilting inspiration and advice, through a broad suite of products—magazines, books, live events, contests, workshops, online networks, patterns, fabric, and catalogs. At AQS, we believe that with inspiration and advice, creative individuals can take their quilting projects beyond what they imagine. The leading authors in quilting choose to publish with AQS; the best in quilt artistry display their work at AQS events; the newest quilters gain knowledge and inspiration from AQS members. For more information on the American Quilter’s Society, please visit http://www.americanquilter.com or call 1-270-898-7903.