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Angie Rafter's quilt pattern is called Shining Star. She chose the colours blue, yellow and white to represent the Metcalfe Fair colours. She would like to dedicate her barn quilt to the memory of her beautiful mother, Evelyn Meisenheimer.
Ingrid Shim “The Flower": The blue, green and white remind Ingrid of a flowers on a walk through a field, with a warm breeze on a spring day. A longtime resident of Metcalfe Ingrid is an educator at Metcalfe Public School.
Sarah Lafrance “Calico Corn”: Sarah began painting barn quilts a number of years ago; her first for her brother’s barn. She chose this quilt block to represent autumn and the beautiful colours of the harvest season. Sarah and her husband Steve spearheaded the MAS Community Barn Quilt Project as a part of the Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail.
The Rawlings Family “Family Tradition": The Rawlings family created their barn quilt to continue their tradition of participating and celebrating “The World’s Fair”. Even thought this year has brought many challenges, the fair spirit still remains. Krista, Matt, Austin, Ashley and Paige would like to dedicate this block to the Metcalfe community and the many volunteers who have given endless time throughout the years.
Tracey (Blanchfield) D’Aviero. The quilt design is the Ohio Star and is dedicated to the Osgoode Family Ball Tournament families. This beloved family fundraising event was established in 1990, and would have celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2020. The colour choices in the quilt represent the team jersey colours of all of our families. Each family has incorporated at least one of the colours in this quilt (or a shade of it) in their jerseys over the last several years.
Jessica (Lepage) Wilson “The Show Stopper”: While the Largest Sunflower contest might not take up a lot of room at the Fair, it is one of the must see exhibits. Jessica grew up beside the fairgrounds in Rosemeadows and volunteered with the Board from a young age. She served as a Jr Director initially and has now been Director for many years. She chose the paint colours of blue for fair skies and green for the grass and yellow for the sun we hope to see every Fair weekend!
Steve Lafrance “George’s International Harvester”: Director Steve Lafrance painted this quilt block representing the Antique Tractor Display at The World’s Fair. He dedicates it to Past Director George Zandbelt who was a loyal Fair volunteer for over 30 years.
Sarah Lafrance “S’Wheat” The Sheaf of Wheat - one of our local Metcalfe Harvests is beautiful golden wheat. Sarah chose this pattern to represent the sheafs of wheat proudly on display at our fair.
Sarah Lafrance: “Star Flower Quilt” - a symbol of brighter days ahead. Sarah chose the centre star to represent the Ferris Wheel while the corner flowers represent the flowers on display in the Homecraft Division.
Claudia (Waddell) Pekary: “Corn and Beans” are the most common field crop grown in our agricultural community, and Metcalfe Fair weekend usually always lands right in the middle of harvesting these field crops. As a 6th generation farm kid, whose family has grown corn and beans in the Metcalfe area for generations, it felt important for Claudia to have that be a piece of our community barn quilt. As for the colours, yellow and green represent the corn and beans.
Judi Windsor & Mary-Ellen Goode “AJ's Chip Stand”: The Miller sisters combined to paint this quilt block reminiscent of the days when AJ's had a Chip Stand on the Fairgrounds; one of their favourite Fair foods is still chips! Al Graham, the former co-owner of AJ's Catering Service is an extended member of the Miller Family. He and his wife Judy provided meals in the Dining Hall for many years and are now Chairs of the Classic Car & Hot Rod Show.
Heather Myers Patterson "Fall Leaves": Metcalfe Fair is a celebration of all things Fall. Heather chose the pattern as it reminds her of crisp & colourful days. Heather spends her days between cash crop farming and working on projects in her business Rockin' Robins Originals. She has been commissioned to complete several quilt blocks on the Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail.
Polly Dunne “The Dunne Family Star”: The colours used in this quilt block are the blue and gold of the Dunne family crest. The interwoven squares are a symbol of family and community living/moving together.
Christine (McEwan) Levicki “The Ferris Wheel”: Christine grew up and still lives across the road from the fairgrounds with her young family. She was inspired to paint this block by the night neon glow of the ferris wheel. Her Mom Geraldine and Michels' aunts and uncles have been actively involved in the fair for many years.
Cassidy Magee “Fall Sunflower”: Sunflowers have always been Cassidy’s favourite flower; stemming back to the summer she grew one at her grandparents’ house and entered it in the Metcalfe Fair. Her quilt block was inspired by that memory and the oranges and yellows of the flower and fall. She dedicates this to her Grandpa Jack Magee, an avid gardener, who taught her to always be proud of the things she has grown.
Michel Gauthier “Windmill”: The design is windmill inspired to represent the farmers in the area who feed cities with their efforts. The design shows the impact that the farm (small square farm in centre) reaches outward to the community and surrounding communities in Ottawa. This quilt block is dedicated to the Metcalfe area farmers. This is the final block of the north quilt; tomorrow we move to the south quilt.