By: Erica Byfield
PADUCAH, Ky. - A local event that brings thousands of people into the Heartland every year could be moving. Paducah's quilt show has been drawing crowds since 1985. Just last week thousands of quilters from across the world spent time in the city and left their economic stamp on the community by spending millions of dollars.
The issue is the success of the show itself, but the condition of the Executive Inn, also known as the Big E. It and the Convention Center in town play co-host for the conference.
Tina Baker's store literally survives because of the quilt show. "Something like that would definitely shut our store down if they discontinued the quilt show here."
He met with the quilt show leaders and they say the bottom line is the new owner of the hotel has to make repairs before they agree to sign their 2008 contract. "The future of this quilt show is in his lap and we need his help, we need him to step up and do what he said he was going to do" said Mayor Paxton.
Tina Baker can't even stomach the idea of the quilt show leaving Paducah and says she's praying the hotels remodeled, so she doesn't loose her business. "I just hope we still have the quilt show here it would be devastating, not only the store owners, restaurants and everyone else involved because the whole town turns out for the quilt show."