Heather who works in sales at a hotel in Marietta, Ohio recently wrote me for tips on organizing a quilt show in her area. Since my reply might be helpful to others, I am reproducing it here.
I would recommend that you first start by having a discussion with the local quilt shop – find out the owner’s name and see if she is willing to meet with you.
Most towns and cities have what are know as Quilt Guilds – many of the shows listed in the quilt show calendar on my website are organized and put on by The Guilds. Some quilt shops also put on Quilt Shows or are strong backer’s and volunteers at the show. Most shows have quilts displayed (with a judging contest) – prizes for different category’s. They also have vendors – quilt shops and other quilting related suppliers.
Some cities have Quilt Shows that take place at the same time as a festival. Our small town here in Wisconsin has a Fall Festival the first weekend in October. A local quilt guild has a quilt show at the same time.
So my recommendation would be for you to start with the local quilt shop owner and also talk with your local quilt guild – attend a meeting.
I found a quilt guild listed for Marietta when I goggled quilt guilds in Ohio – don’t know if it is up to date. Appears the one in Marietta has been around since 1996. http://www.quiltguilds.com/ohio.htm
Hope this has been helpful. Good luck.