The city of Ringgold will host its first annual Quilt Expo this week beginning Thursday, Aug. 24, and running through Saturday, Aug. 26.

The three-day event will consist of numerous vendors showcasing their quilts, quilting demonstrations, quilting classes, appraisals, as well as entertainment and raffles.

Kathy Graham, owner of the It's Sew Time shop on Nashville Street, initiated the Expo, and the city is primed to welcome quilters from all around for this unique event.

City Manager Dan Wright said the city expects nearly 100 vendors to take part in the event.

"There will be numerous quilts displayed at the Depot during the event. It'll be a quilt maze in there," Wright said. The show is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and they're even going to have a lady that'll be able to appraise quilts there, so anyone who maybe has a quilt and wants to learn how much it might be worth, they can do that."

A few years ago, the city started hosting a Wedding Expo at the Depot, which has turned out to be a huge hit. The hope is that the Quilt Expo garners the same type of following so it can become an annual event as well.

"This is the first one, and Ms. Kathy Graham and the others have put a lot of time and effort into it," Wright said. "Hopefully we'll bring some people into town that wouldn't normally be here."

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each of the three days. The cost if $5 per day, or $12 for admittance to all three days.

Ringgold Quilt Expo

When: Thursday, Aug. 24 through Saturday, Aug. 26

Where: Ringgold Depot

Times: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: $5 per day, or $12 for a three-day pass.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at