This year’s featured artists are a husband and wife team, Alton and Ruthann Hillesland, as Hillesland Barn Quilts and More. Ruthann will sell his barn quilts and Alton will sell some of his woodwork. Ruthann has been making his barn quilts for three years and Alton has been carving wood for about 40 years. Both are self-taught. Ruthann had taken a minor in art and a major in music, but couldn’t do anything about it. They had been friends for years but got married in 2018. After she married Alton, he discovered barn quilts and wanted to see if she would like to make them. She likes it. Alton cuts out the barn quilt squares and builds the frames while Ruthann designs and paints her quilts by hand, none of it computer generated. It takes her three to four days of labor to make a barn quilt. When she made four feet, it took her at least a week. They stopped making the four feet due to a back injury Alton suffered in January, but they still make one and two foot barn quilts. If anyone wants a barn quilt but misses it at the Festival they can always contact Alton and Ruthann to buy one or have one made, they can be contacted by email at [email protected]
The festival is free. This year it will again be on the 100 blocks of E. Main St., SE 2nd Ave. and SE 2nd St. These streets will be closed to motor vehicles during the event.
The winners of Miss Montana Volunteer, Miss Teen Montana Volunteer and Miss Preteen Montana Volunteer, Alissa Bohle, Brielle Gorder and Emma McPherson will participate in the event this year. They’ll have a booth where they’ll do makeup, glitter tattoos, hand out signatures and “You’ve Been Spotted” cards, and photos.
“Power” will perform for street dancing from 7 p.m. to midnight. The dance is for adults 21 and older.