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Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 03 August 2013 08:19
Jessica Nagel (left) and Julie Allen with quilt banner at the Wood County Fair. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
After it became evident the Wood County Agricultural Society, commonly known as the Senior Fair Board, was in need of a sign for walking in parades and other public events, buying a banner just didn't seem appropriate.
Cue Jessica Nagel, Julie Allen and Jonelle Nissen, all of whom have strong ties to the fair.
These three women recently completed a handmade, quilted banner commemorating the history and traditions of the board and the Wood County Fair.
"We needed a way to identify ourselves when we walked in parades. We needed a banner - and not just any banner," Allen said. "Just going out and buying a banner didn't seem like the right thing to do."
The banner's letter stitching is made from a material designed to look like brown barn siding. The center of the quilt is a burlap-looking material with its outer edges trimmed in green.
The scenes on the quilt depict a Ferris wheel, barn, sheep, pumpkins, corn, hay, flowers, rabbits, apples, a cow, horse, pig, miniature quilt and, of course, a blue ribbon.
"We tried to come up with all of the different things that come to mind when you think of the fair," Nagel said.
"We tried to represent every department in one way shape or form," Allen said. "It really took on a life of its own."
The idea for the project was conceived in November and took around five months to complete.
"The Ferris wheel alone took us three hours," Nagel said.
Allen added, "It was a long process to get it planned out and just the way we wanted it."
Even though the banner already has its own "built-in" blue ribbon, it did garner a first-place blue ribbon in the group/team quilting category.
However, the banner's creators don't intend for their work to be a finished product.
"The way the quilt is designed is not as an end point. At any time we can add to it," Allen said.
When the banner isn't being used for parades or other events, it will hang in the fair office.

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