A feature not usually associated with RVs will greet visitors to Elkhart County as the RV industry celebrates its centennial early next month and converges on the northern Indiana community.
The 2010 Quilt Gardens along the Heritage Trail begins Memorial Day and continues through September. A product of the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ECCVB), the signature event features 17 official large-scale quilt patterned gardens and 17 hand-painted quilt murals presented in the communities of Elkhart, Bristol, Middlebury, Shipshewana, Goshen, Nappanee and Wakarusa, all communities where RVs are manufactured.
All sites are viewable free of charge, according to a news release.
“The Quilt Gardens… along the Heritage Trail” was recently recognized as a creative, emerging cultural tourism initiative; and the ECCVB received the 2010 Efroymson Award for Excellence in Cultural Tourism Development for the project. The event has also been recognized by the group market and designated a Top 100 Event by the American Bus Association in 2009 and 2010.
The Quilt Gardens project garners interest from a wide range of audiences and drives increased visitation and visitor spending in Elkhart County. Over 50% of garden/mural visitation also involves visitations to other attractions in the destination, with visitor spending averaging $300 to $500 per travel party.
Visit www.QuiltGardensTour.com for additional information on the Quilt Gardens.