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Quilt Show Winner Offered At Benefit





“Black Swamp Beauty” was the best-in-show quilt at the 2013 Sauder Village Quilt Show. It will be sold to the highest bidder during the Black Swamp Benefit, June 14-15, at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.– courtesy photo

“Black Swamp Beauty” was the best-in-show quilt at the 2013 Sauder Village Quilt Show. It will be sold to the highest bidder during the Black Swamp Benefit, June 14-15, at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.– courtesy photo

Through a unique set of circumstances, you could be the owner of the quilt that won the Best in Show award at this year’s Sauder Village Quilt Show.

“Black Swamp Beauty,” the Best of Show quilt, will be auctioned during the 2013 Black Swamp Benefit.

The benefit, which will combine a Christian music concert, 5K run, mud volleyball tournament, and auction featuring quilts and other handcrafted items, is Friday and Saturday, June 14-15.

Proceeds are shared between Sunshine, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides services to the developmentally disabled, and Mennonite Central Committee, which assists with sustainable development around the globe.

“Black Swamp Beauty,” a 105-inch square quilt, was designed by Sarah Basinger, Bluffton.

It was hand-pieced, then hand-quilted by women from the First Mennonite and Grace Mennonite churches in Bluffton.

Jeanette Smith, director of sales and marketing at Sauder Village, said this year’s quilt show, the 37th annual, featured more than 400 quilts on display.

Attendance was good. Workshops with this year’s visiting artist were sold out before the show started.

Lisa Short, a member of the Sunshine Benefit board, said the benefit grew out of two previous events: the Sunshine Sale, held at the former Southwyck Mall in Toledo, and the MCC relief sale.

The two events were combined about 12 years ago for the Black Swamp Benefit, held annually at the Fulton County Fairgrounds.

The auction is Saturday, with a mini-auction on Friday.

Also Saturday is the popular Oozeball, or mud volleyball tournament, and the Bullfrog 5K run along with other activities.


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