This Black Duck feather, carved by Gary Yoder, will be sold at this year auction. Gary Yoder is a very talented wood-carver at Spruce Forest Artisan Village. Gary’s birds have been exhibited at many museums and events, even as far away as Japan (http://spruceforest.org/yoder.php). His carvings are amazingly life-like. It is a privilege to have one of his feather at Country Fest.
Quilts are pieced together a little bit here and a little bit there but usually a quilt is pieced by one person. Fragrance of Bygone Summers has had many ladies involved in its history.
It’s origin is unknown. It may have began with Clara B. Glotfelty before 1927. The unfinished center of the quilt was passed along from person to person until in was finally finished in 2015 by Alice Orendorf.
She had difficulty finding just the right old-fashioned thread to finish the embroidery which had been started many years earlier. After she was done appliqueing the flowers, she got help from a friend, Lucy Maust, who designed the boarders, etc. After Effie Fisher quilted it, we now have the completed quilt you will see this Country Fest.
A booklet will be included with the quilt that has all the information Alice and Heather Strahin, a history buff, have been able to collect about this quilt’s origin.
Our auctioneers have done a bang-up job for us for many years. It takes skill and self-sacrifice to do the job well.
Energy & enthusiasm are needed.
Auctioneers eat very little before and during the auction so their voices are well-conditioned for auctioning. When the auction is finally over, you may find them at the ice cream booth getting their much-deserved dish of ice cream that they refrained from eating earlier in the day.
Rudie Bender and Jesse Maust have been a great team at Country Fest auction for about 15 years. Hopefully, this year a new auctioneer will join the team.
Country Fest Auction will begin at 10:00 a.m. on August 27, 2016 in the auction building at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. Selected antiques will be sold at 11:00 a.m. and the quilts will be sold at 1:30 p.m.