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    Questions about Paducah Quilt show

    My SIL and I are going to the Paducah show this year for the first time, and we would like to know what the parking, and getting around is like. Can you park in one place and walk from venue to venue, or are they too far apart to walk? And if so, is parking an issue? Do they have a shuttle? Any of you ladies who have been, please give us the scoop! And thanks!

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    I have never had a problem with parking, and there are shuttles. One time it was raining, and they had canopied golf carts to take us to our cars.

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    I haven't, wish I were going and wish I could help you. Enjoy your trip.

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    Thanks, Jackie!

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    I have been some years ago. We didn't have a problem with parking. Lots of places to eat, we had a great time. Make sure you make your hotel reservation early as most places fill up fast. The only thing I found a bit of a set back was the heat. The air conditioning was not adequate and you had to go from room to room and up and down to get to all the places. Lots of bottles necks with crowds of people etc...it was hot.

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    Only been there once, I went in 2011, but that was the year the waters were so high that the locations of events was scattered around the town. The shuttles did run from place to place even with the spreadout locations and we had a really great time. I would love to go again,
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    There is parking near the convention center. Some pay up close. I dont like to pay so park away and walk. OK if not too hot or raining. There are free shuttle buses that run a variety of routes all centering around the bus tent at the center. You can pick up a schedule on some of the buses or at the bus tent at the convention center. There is a good Paducah booth at the entrance to the center and the assistors usually wore red coats. They will have all kinds of helpful info.

    Hancocks of Paducah is another place to park and ride. Many of the buses go there.

    But best is to park somewhere around the convention center to save valuable time. You can then see the show and maybe take a shuttle to give a rest to your feet and see some other part like Eleanor Burns, the Rotary show or such.

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    I just went first time last year. Debating on whether to go again this year or not as i am planning a trip to missouri too.There was no parking issue at all getting there about 9:00a.m. There is a shuttle to take you around. My biggest advice if you see something you like don't wait, buy it then. I waited til I seen it all and then didn't end up buying hardly anything. It is awesome and I hope you go and have a wonderful time. If you don't have a room lined up better start scouting now. I stayed at Marion,Il. About 45 minutes out but no issues. Pm me if I can be of any help. Now that I know the lay of the land, it is helpful. Most of the tents and vendors are all on the north/ northeast,side.I think, I would have to look for sure. Paducah quilt show has a nice map online that is helpful.so be sure to check it out. most all the food is by the big tent of vendors. Have fun.

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    Thanks- we've had our reservations for a couple of months already. And we're still about 40 minutes away. Can't wait!

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    I go every year but can't this year! My guild is having a retreat the same week. I park at Hancock's and then catch the bus to go to Eleanor's big tent sale. Her shop is downtown closer to the Convention center. When I go to the quilt show I park at the convention center. It's an easy walk to the museum and downtown to the other shops. Caryl Bryer Fallert's studio is right across from the Convention center. The buses run often but they take a lot of time so if you are there for just a day or two it's faster to drive. The mall has a lot of vendors and the mall vendors seem to have lower prices. The reason I park at Hancocks is it stays open late and the parking lot is open. E Burns use to be at the fairground and it closed the gates at 6 pm. It's easy to drive in the town and lots of parking in the museum lot and a big lot at the center where Ricky Timms performs. All right there in walking distance.

    If you have Google Earth you can see street views of the whole area. Even plan you walking on what sidewalks to take.
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    Thanks, Bellaboo- that's exactly the kind of " inside" info we were looking for!

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    Yes of course a lot of us have been to Paducah. I have gone twice. You will do a ton of walking. There are lots of places to park. You can take the shuttle from venue to venue. The AQS website will give you lots of info about the show. Wear comfortabe shoes and pack some power bars and snacks. You wont regret having something to sack on between meals. Have fun at the show!

    Do a "search" on ths forum. You topic hs been discussed many times.



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    We used the shuttle busses without any problem. As the weather was so nice when we went, we decided to walk around a lot, too. I wore out socks and had to get more!

    Enjoy and take you camera or smart phone.
    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
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    Parking shouldn't be an issue at all and the shuttles are free. You can pick up a route map at any entrance. There are Downtown loop shuttles, Hancock's and Mall shuttles and shuttles to Eleanor Burns tent at Carson Park. They run all day in continuous routes. Plenty of places to eat in all price ranges...you can grab a sandwich at the food vendor's tents right outside the Convention center, try some of the neat little places downtown or head out to the Mall area where there's a Cracker Barrel, Ryans, Olive Garden and all sorts of fast food places. (the Panera Bread is nice, cheap, quick and the food is good) The Convention Center is right next door to the big vendor's tent...and outside food court. The Museum is just a couple of blocks from there and the Eleanor Burns store (different from her tent) is a block or so over from there. Vendors come in and set up shop in any vacant stores downtown which is just a block from the Museum. (shuttles go there too) There's a shuttle to the Cherry Civic Center antique quilt show between the convention Center and Hancocks. Inside the Convention Center there is a package check area where you can leave your loot while you load up on more and the Post Office sets up inside the Convention center so you can mail stuff home that you don't want to carry. Ask anything...I'm local and Mom is a docent at the Museum ...and one of the YoYo Ladies, so I'll be able to get you answers to anything you need to know.

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    The YoYo Ladies are getting geared up for the show...they're spending all week next week at one of the executive cottages at KY Dam with all of their sewing stuff. You should see the cute thread carriers they're making (they've sold them for several years now) They've got some cute kitty cat prints this year. Whatever they make from their sales goes back to the Museum or to charity. These little ladies (there's only 4 of them) have donated over $80,000 to various causes since they've been doing this.

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    Melody, a few years ago the Yo Yo ladies were demoing the 3D bowtie block, made with one seam. I sat for a few hours learning how to make these. One of the Yo Yo said her daughter was going to write up instructions and have print outs for the block available. The ladies had no idea the 3D block would be such a hit. They were just passing time making them while selling raffle tickets. The crowd around them learning how to do this was constant all day. Would you happen to be the daughter to write the instructions? I would love to have a copy. I have tried to write what I do as I make them but it doesn't make sense to others. LOL
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    Yep, that would probably be me. I'll run over to their lake cottage next week and take pictures so I can write up the tutorial with images. They could have the print outs ready for the show, and I could send anyone here one if they like. Those bowties were a huge hit...the vendors even started coming out to their table to see why everyone was buying up all of their pre-cut squares. The bowties originated as an origami fold for paper, but an enterprising quilter translated it into fabric and the rest was history...they made hundreds of the things that year. I write tutorials all the time for my regular job, so I think I can put together a good instruction sheet. (I work for another IB community, Dave's Garden) I'm also a fabric artist.
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    I have been there many times and just love it. The show itself is in the huge convention hall and you walk around in there. There are food vendors outside with burgers etc for lunch. If you want to go to some places, they do have shuttles. Why don't you log on to the AQS website or put in the search engine "Paducah Quilt Show" and read all the various sites ? There is parking just about everywhere, people charge a fee for their yards even. The whole city of Paducah does everything they can to help you have the best time of your life. Don't forget the Rotary Show and the vendors at the mall too. Eleanor Burns usually does a show that is great as well as sells very cheap/great fabric.

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    I had wanted to watch, but you are right, those ladies were surrounded! I would love to see/have the tutorial. Will you be posting it here? Please send me a PM, if you don't mind, for mre info.


    Quote Originally Posted by melodyr View Post
    Yep, that would probably be me. I'll run over to their lake cottage next week and take pictures so I can write up the tutorial with images. They could have the print outs ready for the show, and I could send anyone here one if they like. Those bowties were a huge hit...the vendors even started coming out to their table to see why everyone was buying up all of their pre-cut squares. The bowties originated as an origami fold for paper, but an enterprising quilter translated it into fabric and the rest was history...they made hundreds of the things that year. I write tutorials all the time for my regular job, so I think I can put together a good instruction sheet. (I work for another IB community, Dave's Garden) I'm also a fabric artist and the Museum keeps my hand-dyed silk scarves in the gift shop.

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    There is plenty of everything. You will not have a problem.

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    My DD has lived in Paducah for the past few years and DH has taken me to the show for the past 2 years. She lived about a miles from Hancock's of Paducah but now has bought a house a little ways out of town. But, we still have a free place to stay!!! She and her DH both work for the local newspaper, The Paducah Sun, and there is a rumor around that Eleanor Burns will not have her tent, etc. at the same place as in the past, but will have everything in a nice, air-conditioned place - all under one roof.
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    Sandygirl on the 24th gave you the best advice - here are a few more things from a "seasoned" Paducah visitor - visit the downtown shops first and miss the morning rush at the convention hall. Take pictures!! Inspiration for future quilts! My biggest lesson learned - budget your money by the day or you will spend it all the first day! I learned to set an 'allowance' for myself per day, that way I can be just as happy on day 3 or 4 as I am on day 1. The downtown stores that aren't quilt stores ALL display quilts - there is sooo much history in this city and the merchants and townspeople are the nicest people you will meet. Walk into any store in town and you will be treated like royalty. Be sure you wander down and take pictures of the Flood Wall behind the Convention Center - the history that is in the artwork on that wall is unbelievable! Carry water, snacks, camera, and wear comfortable shoes. Be prepared to be amazed. Oh, if you don't have reservations yet good luck - you won't probably be staying in Pudacah. My group stays on a house boat 30 miles out on Green Turtle Bay. Fun! (We're from Mn and Ia)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharoney View Post
    My SIL and I are going to the Paducah show this year for the first time, and we would like to know what the parking, and getting around is like. Can you park in one place and walk from venue to venue, or are they too far apart to walk? And if so, is parking an issue? Do they have a shuttle? Any of you ladies who have been, please give us the scoop! And thanks!
    We had a hotel next to Hancocks' of Paducah. There are shuttles going and coming and they are free.
    Ask the hotel for a schedule of the runs.

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    I was there also during the almost flood!!! Had a blast!!

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