The Ouachita Quilt Show

“The Ouachita Quilt Show – A Tradition Continues”


The 40th Ouachita Quilt Show is November 4-5, 2022, in the Education Building at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Mena. The quilt show features quilters from Polk County and surrounding areas with over 100 quilts on display every year. There are no entry fees this year, not at the door or to enter an item in the show. Mark your calendar with these dates/times. Intake day for quilted items is Tuesday, November 1, from noon to 5:00pm. Show is open from 9-5 on Friday and 9-4:30 on Saturday. Pick up time is set for Saturday from 5-6:00pm. The Fabulous Fall Festival is this year’s arts and crafts event which takes place at the fairgrounds at the same time as the Ouachita Quilt Show (OQS).


With 32 different categories, every quilter from beginner to experienced has a place to showcase talent and artistry. The complete category list is on the ‘Ouachita Quilt Show’ Facebook page. To qualify as a quilted item for judging, there must be three layers: the top, a batting, and the backing. Category 30 is not judged and ‘display only,’ used primarily for antique/vintage quilts and the featured quilter. Ribbons are awarded by outside judges for first, second, and third place in each category, and 22 Community Leaders pin a special ribbon to their favorite quilt. Best of Show is selected by the outside vendors from the first-place quilts. Prizes from local and national vendors are awarded to place ribbon winners and Best of Show.


Bear Paws in the Ouachitas is this year’s raffle quilt. The quilt was made and quilted by Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild members. Ticket sales will, once again, benefit college students. Over $22,000 have been donated in the last 11 years to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund for University of Arkansas Rich Mountain students. Show your support and buy tickets: one ticket is $1, six for $5, or 20 for $10. Raffle tickets are available from local guild and EHC members, at the Polk County’s Extension office where you can see the quilt on display at 211 DeQueen Street in Mena, or during the quilt show. Raffle quilt drawing will be held at the close of show on Saturday.


Material Girls fabric booth will feature two quilter’s fabric stashes for sale. Quality quilt fabric is priced at only $5 per yard. The fabric is predominately fat quarters and measured yardage. Fat quarters are priced at $1.25 each. Don’t miss an opportunity to shop this sale. Proceeds will primarily support food insecurity (like the food pantry and school backpack programs), and fund other local charity(ies) needs. The Country Store is Polk County Extension Homemakers Council’s regular booth at the quilt show and features handmade items and home baked goods donated by EHC club and guild members. Country Store sales fund EHC projects.


We are providing you with three different areas to support local needs, the scholarship, food insecurity, and Extension Homemaker Club projects. Thank you for helping us continue the giving tradition in 2022.


While the OQS is hosted by the Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild, the show is possible by the sponsorship of the Polk County Extension Homemakers Council which is under the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.


Follow the Ouachita Quilt Show Facebook page for updates, post-show photos, quilt show advertisers throughout the next year, and details on future quilt shows.


For more information on entering a quilt or attending the show, please contact Joyce Sanden via text or message at 479.234.3414.


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