This information was gleaned from multiple barn quilt organizations throughout the United States. The unanimous opinion was….”this is the best agri-tourism project ever”…
Cultural and Social
- promotes barn preservation
- celebrates our rural culture
- fosters pride in farm property
- educates youth and visitors on the value of the agricultural economy
- encourages a large community involvement
- celebrates the quilt and other traditional arts
- creates a year round attraction that fosters other community events and projects
Although a solid figure is hard to obtain because tickets are not sold to the barn quilt trails, all the organizations noted a dramatic increase in tour bus traffic, inquiries at the visitor centers and historic sites as well as camera-yielding families on the back roads. Cafes, restaurants and hotels report many visitors mentioning the barn quilt trails as their reason main for visiting the county. Artists and craftsman report products reflecting the barn quilts and the traditional arts are sought after.
We can expect the same positive economic impact here in Kittitas County because of our proximity to a major metropolitan area and an increasing interest in historical and educational experiences by families and retirees. Other counties with self-guided driving tours, such as the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival have been very successful in directly benefiting the restaurant and hotel industry and retail shops and indirectly benefiting real estate sales other community events.