Riley County’s First Barn Quilt to be unveiled Friday, Schoolchildren Invited Free
On Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10 a.m., the Lazy T Ranch near Manhattan will unveil the first-ever barn quilt in Riley County. Barn quilts are quilt square designs which are painted on wooden sheets and then affixed to barns.
“There is growing interest in barn quilts across the country,” said Chris Wilson, co-owner of the Lazy T Ranch. “Our barn quilt design is taken from a quilt that was quilted by my great-great-grandmother.” This barn quilt will be attached to the ranch's historic stone and wood barn. The painting of the barn quilt was done by Ralph Fontenot, an art teacher at Lee Elementary School in Manhattan, to support creation of a Flint Hills barn quilt trail.
“In appreciation of this work done by a Manhattan art teacher, we are opening the ranch a day early for our Fall Festival and inviting Manhattan-area school students to come in free,” Wilson said. Admission to the Fall Festival is free from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. In the afternoon, Manhattan-area students will be admitted free with a paid adult.
The Lazy T Ranch Fall Festival will be open for regular hours on Saturday and Sunday. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Cheryl Collins of the Riley County Historical Society will be speaking about the Forces Shaping Riley County.
For more information, go to www.lazytfallfestival.com.