Schlosser welcomes IPM guests to sign barn quilt - Aug. 17, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Like many others around Huron County, Brian Schlosser from the Brussels area has added a beautifully-crafted barn quilt to his homestead. Over five days this September, however, he hopes that IPM visitors will add substantially to his barn quilt.
Schlosser, who is the secretary of the Brussels Agricultural Society, erected the barn quilt, which he called “Norah’s Pinwheel” earlier this year. Next month, however, he’ll be taking it down and it will adorn the Brussels Fall Fair tent, which will be at this year’s International Plowing Match in Walton.
That’s not all, however, as Schlosser is asking all who make their way through the Fall Fair tent to sign the barn quilt. He hopes that visitors will sign, perhaps write their home town and maybe a small message about the IPM or the fair. Once the IPM is over, he’ll re-seal the barn quilt and raise it again at his home.
Schlosser said that the idea came to him during a recent trip and he saw a vehicle and the owner invited people to sign it. He thought it would be a great idea to create something similar for the IPM and for the Brussels Fall Fair being hosted at the match.
Jim and Leona Armstrong will also be contributing their barn quilt to the Brussels Fall Fair exhibit at the match, although theirs will not be available for visitors to sign.
As for the Brussels Fall Fair at the IPM, Schlosser says the Brussels Agricultural Society is hard at work preparing for the big week.
The society just named Erin McMahon the Fall Fair ambassador on Saturday night and word has come down that the fair will be featuring a ferris wheel as part of its midway, which will provide amazing views of the IPM site to those at the top of the wheel.
The fair will also feature a straw maze and a full performance tent that will put plenty of Huron County talent on stage every day of the match.
For more information on the Brussels Agricultural Society or the Brussels Fall Fair, find the organization on Facebook.