Paisley Ag Society to launch the Paisley Path

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The Paisley Agricultural Society is launching an exciting new project on Thanksgiving weekend that celebrates agricultural traditions and rural life.

According to a news release, the ag society was inspired by quilts dotting the landscape in other areas of Ontario when coming up with its multi-faceted Barn Quilt Project.

One element of the project is the Paisley Path- a trail of outdoor country art hosted throughout the local area.

The path includes barn quilts but also incorporates other outdoor features that would not otherwise qualify for the Ontario Barn Quilt Trail.

Other aspects of the Barn Quilt Project included developing a new outdoor country art display and competition at the Paisley Fall Fair, and running a series of workshops for community members wishing to learn how to create barn quilts. The most recent workshop was held on the last weekend of September.

While not every host on the tour is a member of the Paisley Ag Society, many are, the news release said, and what all of them have in common is a love of rural life and a desire to share that through outdoor art.

Items on the Paisley Path often have a family connection, historical significance or reflect a sentimental memory.

People exploring the tour are encouraged to read the stories accompanying each element for a richer understanding of the symbolism within the art.

Emily Thornburn’s prize-winning barn quilt ‘Century Harvest’ will be part of the Paisley Path. Emily is the sixth generation to live on the Thornburn homestead, now known as Mont Pleasant Farms just outside of Paisley.

“It’s been so exciting to see the enthusiasm people have for this project,” Emily Thornburn said in the news release.

“Families have worked together to create art that represents their connection to our rural community and one another. It’s a great way to celebrate agricultural traditions and we’re looking forward to seeing how it will grow in the future.”

The Paisley Ag Society said it is grateful for the financial support received from Community Foundation Grey Bruce and the in-kind support from the Municipality of Arran-Elderslie.

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