Uncle Eli is a quilt event held on the first Thursday in April in Eli Whitney, North Carolina. This year it celebrated 80 years of the "bee/show" in the same area. But I was told that this tradition can be traced back to the Civil War Era. It is my third year attending.
The event is very informal. It starts at 9:00 am with people setting up tables, quilt frames, etc. There are volunteers hanging quilts to be displayed, registering the participants, and collecting all the food. The pot luck lunch starts around 1:00 pm; and by 2:00 pm all comes down until next year. In the photo above you see some of the DOQ (Durham Orange Quilt Guild) ladies busy at work. My quilt is the one on the upper left corner of the picture. The one you can hardly see.
This photo is the other side of the room/gym as they are hanging the quilts for display. Hope the tradition continues for many more 80 years to come.