FLORIDA, Mo. -- The third annual Salt River Quilt Show is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7, in Florida.
The show is hosted by the Mark Twain Birthplace Historic Site and the Monroe County Historical Society.
The quilt show will take place inside the Mark Twain memorial shrine from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Quilts will be displayed in the museum's two galleries. The theme is "Reach for the Stars," which refers to Mark Twain State Park's growing reputation as a skywatcher's destination on dark, clear nights.
The show's organizers are issuing a "quilt challenge" in hopes of getting submittals of star quilts in any size -- whether they are pieced, appliqued or embroidered.
Other quilt categories will include lakes and waterways of Missouri; children's quilts; other quilted items, such as non-bed quilts; and miscellaneous quilts.
The quilts will be judged in each category, and prizes will be awarded.
Visitors also will be able to go outside the shrine to see the offerings of quilt and fabric-related vendors and food vendors.
Live presentations will be offered daily, and a quilt appraiser will be available for appraisals and consultations.
Admission to the quilt show and the presentations is free, but donations will be accepted.
The shrine is at 37352 Shrine Road in Florida, just east of the intersection of Mo. 107 on Route U. The site is approximately seven miles south of U.S. 24 and three miles north of Mo. 154.
More information about the event, including entry forms and vendor applications, is available by calling the Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site at 573-565-3449.