Quilts on the Trail event being planned

Thursday, March 7, 2019
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Holly Jay

“It is a chilly day in the covered wagon rolling across the vast prairies of Nebraska. We have started out early in our journey to Montana. The quilt wrapped around the children will keep them warm until the sun grows higher in the sky. The quilt was made with love by family and friends in preparation for our trip. It will help me remember those we leave behind.”

Such may have been the thoughts of a pioneer making a cross-country journey in search of a better life.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel by covered wagon? There are many stories that could be told about the hardships of such travel and yet many again about the comforts of small items taken along such as quilts.

The Big Horn County 4-H Program has been fortunate to receive a grant to develop a quilt trail around the BHC Fairground Loop Trail. The trail will consist of quilt designs painted onto signage boards and mounted beside the trail. Each 4-H Club will select block designs, and help paint and mount the quilts.

The quilt blocks selected will have an historical significance to Big Horn County and Montana. Anyone interested in the Barn Quilts around the Fairground Loop Trail is more than welcome to enjoy a walk and learn a little more about the history of quilts. The trail will be completed by fair time: July 26 to Aug. 3.

4-H is a program for youth. This project is helping youth focus on history, tourism and commerce by providing a Barn Quilt Trail to Big Horn County. If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact the BHC Extension Office at 406-665-9770 or stop in at 317 N Custer Ave.in Hardin.

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