Southeast Tourism Society has selected Spring AQS QuiltWeek – Paducah as one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for April 2019. Nominated by the Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau, the 35th annual American Quilter’s Society Spring QuiltWeek event will take place April 24-27 at the Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Expo Center.

“We are honored that the Spring Paducah QuiltWeek show is recognized as a top event by the Southeast Tourism Society,” said Bonnie Browning, executive show director of American Quilter’s Society. “As the largest quilting membership organization in the world, the American Quilter’s Society is pleased to welcome thousands of attendees and AQS members to six shows across the country throughout 2019. While each show is unique in its own way, Paducah holds a special place in our hearts as the catalyst for bringing together world-class instructors, exhibitions and quilters from across the globe.”

The STS Top 20 Festival and Event Awards have highlighted programs around the Southeast since 1985. Travel industry experts select 20 events per month, and STS publicizes them throughout the United States. The complete list is published on two websites: Southeast Tourism Society and Travel Media Press Room.

“The Top 20 Festival and Event Program is celebrating 34 years of spotlighting the best festivals and events in the Southeast.  Our goal is to provide well-deserved accolades for the dedicated event organizers and additional media exposure for their events,” said Monica Smith, president and CEO of the Southeast Tourism Society.  “The Southeast offers so many unique, year-round, opportunities for attendees to create memories and support an industry that is an economic generator for its community.”

In 2017, the tourism and travel industry contributed nearly $14.5 billion to Kentucky’s economy with more than $233 million direct expenditures in McCracken County.

The Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Paducah-McCracken County, exists to create new economic opportunities through destination marketing, management and tourism development. For more information, visit

STS, founded in 1983 and headquartered in Roswell, Ga., is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting travel and tourism within 12 states – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.