quiltshow overview

Black Hills Quilt Show

 June 3, 4, and 5, 2021
at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

The 2021 Black Hills Quilt Show sponsored by the Black Hills Quilters Guild will be held on June 3-5 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in beautiful downtown Rapid City. The show will be open for a preview on Thursday, June 3 from 5:00-8:00 PM, on Friday, June 4 from 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, and on Saturday, June 5 from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Admission is $7 per person per day or $10 for a 3-day pass. Members that help with set-up will receive a coupon for free admission; other members will get a $2 discount for a one-day pass (must show membership card to receive discount).

More information about the 2021 show will be added as it becomes avaialble. Come back to this page often to check for updates.

COVID Safety Policy 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we had to cancel our show in 2020. We would like to have the show this year but keeping our visitors, vendors, and members safe and healthy is a priority. We have developed a policy based on the guidelines from the CDC and our state and local governments. This document is avaialble below and will be updated, if necessary, as conditions change. Please check this website for updates to the policy.

Currently, the COVID statistics in South Dakota show a decline in positive tests. The administration of vaccines is currently in progress. We expect these trends to continue. 

    COVID Safety Policy (effective: January 20, 2021)

Registration will be open about March 1, 2021

If you registered a quilt for the 2020 show, you will be contacted to see if you are entering it in the 2021 show.

We expect to start registration a little later than usual this year and are planning to have it available by March 1. Since the 2020 show was cancelled, we are expecting more quilts in the 2021 show. It may be necessary to place limits on the number of registrations, due to space avaialble. The registration committee will be monitoring this.


We expect to have over 400 competition quilts in our quilt show. About 25% of the quilts will be in the Judged Area. We encourage you to participate in the Viewers' Choice voting for the other quilts and also to vote for your favorite quilt for the Best of Show. This vote will continue through 5:00 PM on Friday and the ribbons will be placed on the winners before the show opens on Saturday.

Special Exhibits: These quilts highlight some of the activities of the Black Hills Quilters Guild. They are not judged or voted upon but are included for your viewing pleasure.

  • Learning Lab (display TBD)
  • Heart Quilts will display Thinking of You and Caring Heart Quilts
  • Mona Lisa is the art quilt group and willl display their 2021 Challenge Quilts
  • Man's Land is a lounge area for men (or anyone) to sit and relax for a while
  • Other special exhibits to be determined

Quilt Judge

You may elect to have your quilt judged. The judge this year is Pamela Day Walsh from Golden, CO. Pamela is a Certified Quilt Judge through the National Association of Certified Quilt Judges. She attends and judges numerous national, state and local quilt shows annually. She is the Colorado Quilting Council Lead Quilt Judge and the past Chairperson of the Colorado Quilting Council Competition Committee.

If you would like to have your quilt judged, check the appropriate box and pay the judging fee when you register.

There will not be a quilt appraiser at the show this year.

Raffle Quilt and Raffle Basket

The 2021 BHQG Raffle Quilt will be on display during the show. A wiining ticket will be drawn near the end of the show. Tickets will be available for sale during the show.

There will also be a drawing for one or more Raffle Baskets containing fabric and quilting supplies. Tickets will be sold during the show.

Silent Auction for Hospice of the Black Hills

The BHQG will again sponsor a Silent Auction of Small Quilted Objects to support Hospice of the Black Hills. In the last fourteen years, we have raised $33,421 for this cause.

Items will be displayed during the show and the bidding will close about 3:00 PM on June 5.


There will be many opportunities to replenish your stash and buy new tools and supplies. There are usually 20-25 vendors at our Quilt Show.

If you would like to be a vendor for the 2021 Quilt Show, please fill out the form below or Contact Us .

     Open Online Vendor Application

     Open Vendor Application for printing

We will be adding/updating the list of vendors after their registrations are confirmed.

Learning Lab

The Learning Lab will offer several classes during the Quilt Show. As classes and instructors are confirmed, more information will be added.

Open Sewing for Project Warmth

There will be an Open Sew area at the show. This gives people a chance to sit and sew for a few minutes or a few hours. Machines will be provided by Fabric Junction. Fabric, supplies, and helpers will be provided by the BHQG. In 2019, four quilts were completed during the show which were used for Project Warmth, the charity outreach division of the BHQG.

The Quilters' Extravaganza

Friday evening there will be an event called Quilters' Extravaganza. This starts at 6:00 PM Friday immediately after the close of the quilt show in the Alpine Room (upstairs from the Quilt Show). There will be a cash bar and appetizers followed by an evening program. There will be a slide show of the judged quilt winners. Incentive prizes, door prizes, and UFO winners will be awarded. There will be a Trunk Show for entertainment.

The name of Trunk Show presenter, the menu and costs will be available later along with forms to purchase tickets

A Special Thanks to our Sponsors

We are most appreciative of all of our sponsors who donate toward helping us produce a quality quilt show and keep the cost down for the attendees.  If you would like to become a sponsor for our next show, please consider donating toward this purpose.  If you need additional information Contact Us

     Donate to the BHQG

2019 Sponsors are listed below. This will be updated before the 2021 show.

Gold  Regional Health Foundation


The Sewing Center/Fabric City
Quilt Connection, Etc.
Quilt Time


Kirk Funeral Home
Carol Bailey
First Interstate Bank


 SAVE THE DATE for our future quilt shows

   June 2, 3, and 4, 2022