The Grove Civic Center will transform into a diorama of lake life as the 2017 Grand Lake o' The Cherokees Quilt show opens to visitors.

The event, set for Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, at the Grove Civic Center, 1702 South Main, Grove, centers around the theme "Lake Life is Grand."

The entranceway of the civic center features a display of lake life, with fishing, quilting and shopping highlighted.

Once inside the main show area attendees will see more than 200 quilts on display, running the gamut from those made by first-time exhibitors to master quilters.

Categories youth quilts, miniature quilts, wall hangings, interpretation of the show theme “Lake Life is Grand”, and more.

The quilts of Jane Anderson, an award-winning quilter from Vinita, are on display, along with a “Winners Wall” of all the quilts which won a judge’s ribbon at the show.

Carol Elmore, an American Quilting Society (AQS) Certified Judge and Quilt appraiser, is the show judge. By prior appointment she will do appraisals of quilts for attendees.

The event will include vendors from the four-state area, a Quilters Boutique, a bookshop, A Man Cave for spouses, Antique Bed Turnings, a silent auction both days, demonstrations, educational classes and onsite concessions.

The show is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, July 21, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 22, at the civic center.

Tickets are $6 per person, with children under 12 admitted free with an adult. A group rate is available for $5 per person for groups of 10 or more. Concessions will be available on site, and parking is free.

For more information, persons interested may visit To set up a professional quilt appraisal with Elmore, persons interested may call 785-537-7221

The event is sponsored, in part, by funding from the Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau