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 The first Quilt & Craft Spectacular

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The first Quilt & Craft Spectacular was presented in 2002, initiated by the industrious wives of then current Rotarians, to raise funds for charities regionally. Through their hard work, an estimated 85 quilts were hung, there were workshops, demonstrations and a number of market traders. Their worst fears were that they would not able to meet expenses…. but an amazing $9000 profit resulted! The event was deemed a success – and a lot of fun – so plans to continue, biennially, were formed.
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Over the years, various Rotarians and their wives have added to it’s development – many hundreds of hours spent researching, sourcing, and – in those days – on the phone, writing, posting and licking stamps, resulted in continual growth.
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Survey results and feedback from the 2021 event confirmed a record attendance, patrons were attracted by the unprecedented calibre of exhibits and displays. 

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Increasingly significant and impactful, the event now attracts thousands of visitors, exhibitors and artisans from throughout South East Queensland – from the Gold Coast through Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and north to Maryborough, Childers and Hervey Bay – and beyond. It is considered on of the largest quilting/ craft events in South East Queensland.

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Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo

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The inaugural Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo, as part of the Quilt & Craft Spectacular, was hosted in 2018 as an extra special exhibit – and proved to be quite a popular addition to the program. The Rotarians were run off their feet that year! The rescheduling of the 2022 event resulted in more time for the Rotarians to explore and reach out to more artisans and exhibitors… and by 2021, the Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades “exhibit”, with over 45 heritage artisans and tradespeople, could be called an Expo in its own right.

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Together with the Quilt & Craft Spectacular, the two events make an exciting platform to showcase heritage trades and crafts alongside contemporary and traditional creative arts.

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The combined events raise funds for charities, the major beneficiary being Little Haven Palliative Care. They also provide opportunities for other charities to fundraise, including: CWA, Robin’s Roses, Set4LIfe and more.

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Gympie Inc

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Below are some images of previous events.o

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Below are some images of the previous event, held 2016.

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With thanks to our partners, sponsors and supporters, including:

www.carbatec.com.au    www.bendigobank.com.au    www.polleys.com.au    www.laminex.com.au   www.riverdental.com.au    www.regleis.com.au    www.classicqueenslandhomes.com.au    www.inspirationspaint.com.au    www.dixondental.com.au    Patchwork on Pallas

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