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Cars and quilts in a not-so-ordinary small town

By Susen Foster

Over the years, I have written a number of articles about this little town in Oklahoma, and each one proclaims its slogan "Not Your Ordinary Small Town" with good reason. Pauls Valley, located 3 miles east off Interstate 35 in central Oklahoma, has a population of around 5,000 in the surrounding area (don't hold me to exact figures). Of those people, hundreds get involved with at least one, if not several, events throughout the year.

For example, coming soon are two very different affairs that will draw very different crowds and benefit different needs, but be fun for all ages, too.

On Sept. 29 registration begins for the 17th Annual Police Officers Car Show. This is not an ordinary car show; it really is put on by the police officers and a whole bunch of town residents. People come from all over the state to show off their favorite "toys" and hopefully go home with a trophy, a prize, and no doubt a whole car load of memories. There will be music, concessions, and plenty to do for the entire family.

On the same day, in the same beautiful area of historic downtown Pauls Valley, talented Oklahoma artists, crafters and performers, will bring their favorite works of hand-crafted goods made exclusively in Oklahoma to showcase during the 2012 Oklahoma Heritage Quilt Festival. Enjoy heirloom quilts on display in the Historic Arts & Cultural Center (formerly City Hall) and in various other downtown businesses as part of our Quilt Walk Tour. Guests will be able to cast their ballot for the Viewer's Choice Quilter's Award.

In addition, there will be booths with a variety of handcrafted items to feast on as well as food to tempt the tummy. Festival events include Art Contests, Main Street's Got Talent Competition, and additional prizes for Art, Quilt, and Car Show entries, plus the Quilt Walk--a tour of town and the "heartwork" of many quilts on display.

Pauls Valley is well known for its Toy & Action Figure Museum and the Bedre Chocolate Factory, both of which will be open on that day. There are many eateries throughout town and much to do within walking distance of the free parking lots.

For more information on the car show, call 405-238-5531 and remember, the proceeds from this event go to help pay for the extra needs of the Reserve Program that are not in the budget. Many lucky people will go home with bragging rights and another with half of the 50/50--could be a real Pay Day.

For more information on the Heritage Festival call 405-238-2555. This is the one time of the year that many of these precious quilts, some decades old, are brought out to share lovingly with the public; a special time, recognizing a special historic art.

As always, Pauls Valley events are family oriented. The Festival and Car Show will be open to the public at 9 a.m. and admission is free.

Editor's note: Susen Foster is the owner of Pecan Cottage Bed & Breakfast in Pauls Valley, Okla. She is the author of numerous travel books. Susen can be reached at www.greatersuccess.com or call 580-622-5408.

Date: 9/17/2012

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