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Posts Tagged ‘Daily Raffle’

A Daily Dose of Delight

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

What could be more fun than a lot of clapping, whooping it up, and happy smiles?

That’s exactly what happened not once, not twice, but for each of the four afternoons at Road 2014.  Why? Because it was time for the new Daily Raffle. Each day, anxious and hopeful attendees gathered in the North Lobby of the Ontario Convention Center hoping to hear their name called as that day’s winner. 

To enter, all any attendee had to do was fill out a raffle slip at the North Information Desk before the drawing was held that day. Entries were collected in a large, gold drum. Then, precisely at 3:30 p.m., Road Staffer Randy Graves, gave the drum one last spin, unlatched the door and pulled out a winning ticket.


In order to collect their prize, the lucky winner had to be present at the time of the drawing. They had fifteen minutes to identify themselves once their name was read.  Every opportunity was given for the winner to come forth and be recognized. The  winner was announced over the loudspeaker in the Exhibit Hall and the Pavilion.   Because the mike couldn’t be heard in the main hall, Road Staffers walked up and down the venue yelling the prospective winner’s name. Even the class lists were verified just in case the prospective winner was in a class. On Thursday and Friday, the first names called did not respond, so Randy had to pick a another name. In both cases, the second winners came jubilantly to the award area.  Carolyn Reese presented the winners with their prize. There was much congratulating complete with hugs and high fives. 

Who were the winners of our inaugural Daily Raffle and what did they win?

Thursday- Bernina 215 donated by Mel’s Sewing and Fabric Center

Socorro Lapp of Yorba Linda California. Socorro has only been quilting for three years. This was her first time at Road to California.  Her friend Becky brought her. Socorro was in the Exhibit Hall when she heard the first name called. She wondered, “Why wasn’t that lady screaming?”  Then, when her name was called, she started to scream and ran all the way to the information table._i4c3115_copy

Socorro said she has never won anything before. She wanted to thank Road to California “For making this a fun place to go shopping.”   

Friday- Babylock Sofia 2 donated by Moore’s Sewing

Pam Pfister is originally from Kentucky. She moved to Brea, California a year and a half ago when her daughter had twins.   Pam is a new quilter and Road was the first quilt show she had ever gone to.  She came on a bus with other quilters connected with The Calico House and Cranberry Quiltworks in Placentia, California. In fact, she held the bus up from leaving because “She just wanted to make sure just in case her name was called.” What was Pam’s reaction? “Unbelievable.” _i4c3721_copySaturday- Husqvarna Viking 670 donated by OC Sewing and Vacuum

Another enthusiastic winner was Linda Brown of Canyon Lake, California. There were actually two Linda Browns at the show. Both came to the desk to claim their prize. The winning Linda Brown was identified by the phone number she wrote down on the raffle ticket. (We felt so bad for the other Linda Brown).  This was the eighth Road to California Linda has gone to. Each year, she attends with four friends. They stay for two days and “Have a great time.”  Linda has been quilting for 10 years. Her new machine joins her collection of three antique sewing machines at home.  _i4c4135_copy

Sunday- Martelli La Cresta Premiere Work Station donated by Martelli Enterprises

Eloise Sadler was the final winner. Her prize was valued at $1,299.98!!!Sunday Daily Raffle Winner

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to the great companies that donated such fabulous prizes.

Do you think we should have a Daily Raffle next year?  


Highlights of Road 2014

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Another great show has come and gone.

This year’s event had more guests, more vendors, more space, more learning, more emotion, and just more great fun!!! 

Over 25,000 people came to Road this year. Men and women. Young and old. From Southern California, all around the United States, and across the globe.  We met guests from England, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and even Serbia. hall__i4c5713

This year we welcomed over 200 vendors – a 30% increase from last year. There was more variety, more fabric, and more non-quilting items available for purchase. Each booth was attractively decorated and alluring. The vendors were friendly, helpful, and eager to assist.vendor floor 2

To accommodate our additional guests and vendors, a 2,800 square foot Pavilion was added to the south end of the Ontario Convention Center. Housed inside was more seating, more food venues, and more space for the extra vendors. It was air conditioned, carpeted, and had the feeling of an old fashioned country fair.

 Learning and inspiration is a big part of Road. More classes were offered throughout the day and evening, beginning on the Monday before the show and continuing through the final day.  New this year was a $5.00 Lecture Series sharing the history, process, and secrets of products familiar to the quilting industry.  

Also new this year was a Daily Raffle. Guests had the opportunity to enter their chance to win wonderful prizes each day of the show. Every afternoon at exactly 3:30 p.m., the name of a lucky winner was announced throughout the venue. Crowds gathered at the north information desk hoping to hear their name and to catch a glimpse of the winner. The recipients were so excited, so thrilled, and so grateful for their prizes.

Probably the biggest highlight this year was the Veteran Presentation at the beginning of the show. In conjunction with Road’s support of Quilted in Honor and Operation HomeFront, Carolyn Reese presented a quilt she created to a deserving veteran of the Vietnam War. Many tears were shed in the Exhibit Hall during this memorable event.Veteran

The Reese family gives their heart and soul in providing this “Best in the West“ Quilters’ Conference and Showcase. Says Carolyn, “What brings me the most joy is seeing people walk around with a smile on their face, forgetting their problems and having a good time.”  

In the coming weeks, the blog will be sharing in-depth, behind-the-scene stories of this year’s show. You won’t want to miss a single post as we remember the highlights of Road 2014.

What was your favorite part of this year’s show?   


Road 2014: Changing It Up

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

What keeps Road to California the premiere quilt show in the West is that Carolyn Reese always has something new up her sleeve to add to the show. For 2014 there will be a new Pavilion area featuring more vendors, more seating, and more food service area.  

Also new to 2014  is the Daily Raffle Drawing — opportunities for guests to win some outstanding prizes each day.  Raffle tickets will be offered every morning of the show to guests. The tickets must be deposited at the North Information Desk to be eligible for the drawing. The Daily Raffle Drawing will be held each afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Winners will be announced over the loudspeaker in the Exhibit Hall and must be present to win, either in the Exhibit Hall or in a class. 

Prizes each day include:

Thursday: Bernina 215 donated by Mel’s Sewing and Fabric Center  Mel's Sewing and Fabric CenterMel’s Sewing and Fabric Center have been with Road since it began. They, along with Upland Sew and Vac, are the official Bernina representatives for Bernina America. Says owner Perry Lytton, “The Bernina 215 is a great machine for beginners. Experienced sewers will love it for a second machine because it is lightweight and portable to take to classes.” Mr. Lytton added: “We are glad to be a part of this first raffle. Road is a great show.”Bernina

In addition to the raffle, Mel’s Sewing and Fabric Center is providing sewing machines for two classrooms. There will be a class set of 26 of the Bernina 550 quilter machines in one classroom and 26 Bernina 760E embroidery quilting machines in another room. Mel’s will also have the entire Bernina line available in their booth.

Friday: Babylock Sofia 2 donated by Moore’s Sewing                                                                                                                                                                                                Moore’s Sewing is a Diamond Sponsor of Road to California and a great supporter of the show. The trend-setting Sofia 2 is a compact machine that features 70 built-in embroidery designs and 168 stitches. With a 4″ X 4″ embroidery field, convenient LCD Touch Screen and a USB slot for transferring designs through a thumbdrive, the Sofia 2 is perfect for creating and inspiring.

Babylock Sofia 2

Saturday: Martelli La Cresta Premiere Work Station donated by Martelli Enterprises                                                                                                                                         Martelli Enterprises is excited to be back at Road and is looking forward to sharing the new changes within their company with Road’s guests. Valuing innovation and continual improvement through the support of a dedicated research and development team, Martelli Enterprises has a new website, offering more tools and accessories for quilters and other sewing and crafting enthusiasts. Be sure to visit them in Booths 1918 and 2017.


The La Cresta Premiere Work Station features a 29” x 47” work surface, adjustable height, electric motor with hand control, 24” strip ruler, two sided cutting map, and a 45mm Martelli Rotary Cutter.  

Sunday: Husqvarna Viking Opal 670 donated by OC Sewing and Vacuum                                                                                                                                                              This is OC Sewing and Vacuum’s third time at Road and they “love the show.” They are the number one Husqvarna Viking dealer in the world and have never donated such a high end machine before to any show. Husqvarna Viking Opal 670

The Opal 670 is a computerized sewing machine that is extra-efficient with loads of built-in assistance including a Touch Screen that is easy to navigate and shows all your settings; an Automatic Thread Cutter that cuts the top and bobbin thread automatically; a Bobbin Thread Sensor that alerts you when the bobbin thread is about to run out; and an Electronic Self-Adjusting Thread Tension that sets the best tension automatically for all techniques and fabrics.

Thanks to these great vendors for donating these great prizes. Be sure to get your raffle tickets early each day and turn them in to the North Information Desk so that you can be included in the Daily Raffle Drawing.

Which prize would you like to win?