The legendary State Fair of Texas began on Friday for its annual three-week run that will attract millions of visitors from around the nation. The Dallas-based event is world renown for shining a spotlight on crafts ranging from canning to photography for both children and adult divisions. One of the categories is quilting and the Dallas Harley Owners Group have claimed the ultimate prize with their handcrafted 14th annual Motorcops for Kids Toy Run Quilt which won first place in the 2015 fair in the Group Quilt/Machine Quilt category.
All year long the HOG chapter collects bandannas and then select the ones they will use on the day of their annual chili cook-off. The members then set up a work station at the Dallas Harley-Davidson dealership and begin work on the quilt. “We quilt on Saturdays,” said Julie Steger. “Anyone and everyone is welcome to sit down and stitch with us; we even have young children that help.” While the volunteers are busy stitching, customers of the dealership frequently gather around to admire the progress and to try their luck at winning the creation by purchasing a raffle ticket or two. “This year’s quilt has the handiwork of many of our male members due to a challenge put out by DHOG member Butch Price.” said Steger. “Run organizer Jerry Patterson had the honor of placing the first stitches and the dealership’s general manager Sean Steimel placed the last stitches.”
- All proceeds from the raffle sales for the quilt benefit the Motorcops For Kids Toy Run whose charity of choice is the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital in Galveston, TX.
- The 14th annual run will take place on Sunday, November 15, 2015 departing from Dallas Harley-Davidson (1334 W Centerville Road at LBJ Freeway).
- Registration is from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Kickstands up at 1:30 p.m.
- This will be a police escorted ride.
- To purchase raffle tickets at $1.00 each, contact Dallas Harley-Davidson at 972-270-3962.
Once the work on the quilt was completed, a large contingency group members rode to the fairgrounds a few weeks ago to deliver the quilt in person to be judged and fair personnel were delighted to see the motorcycles thundering up the drive. Former DHOG director and current Communications Officer Ken Kennerly commented that they would win “…if not by talent, then by intimidation”!
The prize winning quilt is currently on display in the Creative Arts building – located on the northwest corner of the Cotton Bowl – through the run of the 2015 State Fair of Texas.