Project Linus at Fairs

Clark Fair 1The Portland/ Vancouver Chapter of Project  Linus took part in two fairs this summer!  The Linn Co Fair in Albany and the Clark Co. Fair in Vancouver.  We made a total of 31 quilt tops doing 5 days at the Fair, 3 days at Linn Co and 2 days at Clark Co..  We used a whooping total of 558 novelty blocks!!

We talked to a lot of people as they sat and colored muslin squares for us.  The best part is time and time again we had families come up to us to say that they had been recipients of a Project Linus Blanket.  A father was heading out the door but came to our booth to say thanks for giving his premature sons blankets; a counselor from Crestline; a mother who had her 4month old baby with her that had received a blanket for her open heart surgery; a mom with two daughters who had received them and still had them, etc etc.  What a wonderful feeling it was to listen to their stories knowing that our blanket helped.

On Sunday, a group of Fair Judges came by to see what we were up to.  I explained Project Linus, gave them some facts and figClark Fair 2ures of our Chapter, told them some stores, etc.  I asked them what they were doing and they said they were judging somewhere in the building.  You can’t imagine our surprise when they came back and gave us an AWARD!!!  Yes, the Portland/Vancouver Chapter is now AN AWARDING WINNING Chapter!  It is a “Special Award” for Educational Excellence. As you can see in the picture, it is big, yellow and orange. 

I want to publicly thank the volunteers who made both Fairs successful.  They gave up several hours in travel, participation, etc.  AND A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE 8” NOVELTY SQUARES. As you can tell we go through a lot of squares. I thank you ALL!

Linn Co. Fair Volunteers

Pam Roesler
Kathy Blevens
Lynn Blevens
Linda Carlson
Peggy Morton
Sue Ward
Karen Oakley
Tim Oakley
Mary Nelson
Shirley Schultz
Karl Schultz

Clark Co Fair Volunteers
Maureen Borkowski
Cindy Strom
Dottie Buss
Shirley Schultz
Karl Schultz
Bertie Bailey
Helen Alt
Sandy Hubbard
Gloria Pickering
Doris White
Su Scott
Nancy Foley-Hibberd

And of course, the ever supportive, stand by me, best friend ever, Walter Cook