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Shawville 4-H Club to auction off custom-made barn quilt

Connor Lalande
Shawville August 26, 2023
The Shawville 4-H Club’s market sale is taking on a new, colourful flavour this year.
This year’s 4-H market sale at Shawville Fair will feature seven steers, seven lambs, a goat and, for the first time ever, a custom-made barn quilt, adding a new flourish to the annual event.
Barn quilts are a form of folk art that entails colourful geometric shapes painted on a large piece of wood or other material, often with symbolic meanings woven into their design, that are mounted on the side of a barn.
The design of the barn quilt to be auctioned this year by the 4-H Club was inspired by the beauty of the sunflower. Surrounding the quilt’s earthy brown centre, vivid variations of orange, yellow and green make up the artwork’s leaves, contrasted by a white backdrop.
“It was a labour of love,” said Fair Board Director Kayla McCann. “It certainly takes a lot longer to make something like this than you think it would when you start.”
According to McCann, the idea for the barn quilt came from a desire to do more for the community, with all proceeds generated by its sale being donated to the Angel Tree and CHEO foundations. The selection of which charitable foundations to support was decided by 4-H youth in a vote.
“They voted on it. They had the opportunity to suggest ideas and after they did that there was probably five or six suggestions thrown out so it would have been hard to pick just one. So, they decided to share the love and picked their top two,” she said.
The annual 4-H auction presents an opportunity for the youth club’s members to sell animals they have raised through the year, and build their knowledge about farming practices and the economics of agriculture in the process. With the money they earn from the sale of animals, many put it towards building their herd and saving for post-secondary education.
The barn quilt will be auctioned off on Sunday, September 3 at 6:00 p.m.

Shawville 4-H market members, left to right are, Kacey Lafleur, Laura Mayhew, Amy Sheppard, Makenna Richardson, Jake Childs, Ben Judd, William Stephens, Isla Smith, Reese Rusenstrom and Tyson Childs. Missing from photo: Ainsley Rusenstrom, Felix Vereyken, Landen Richardson, Mason Vereyken and Rosie McCann.

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