My sister and I were in Paducah for the quilt show this year, and DH was able to book us one room with two queen size beds ($177) back in Jan or Feb; so I considered us lucky to have gotten ANY hotel room that late for the upcoming quilt show. But I am not sure if I would want to book a whole year in advance (or perhaps, yes, because of 7 or 8 people in your party). My question here is, are you sure of the dates for next year's show? Whatever, what you go through to get here will be worth it in my estimation. Even though the show is huge, and you have a hard time getting around to all the venues and shows and classes, it is well worth attending the Paducah show.
Just a note in passing, we just happened to catch a show in Louisville, KY sometime last fall, that was a smaller version of Paducah, which I thoroughly enjoyed because of the smaller size. We were able to book late (it might not be such a popular show) and still able to attend a couple of the classes and the vendors were much more accommodating (not so crowded that they couldn't give you some one-on-one time); but they didn't have Ricky Tims either, so that made Paducah my favorite of the two.