Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 04 April 2007 13:13The second largest event at the Kansas State Fairgrounds is presented by an all-voluntary staff. It’s the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, with proceeds benefiting the charitable work of Mennonite Central Committee.
Annually more than 70 Kansas Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish congregations organize and donate items and funds making the Relief Sale possible.
The 39th sale is set for April 13-14 at the state fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
MCC provides for material needs and community development and initiates peace programs in North America and across the world.
Highlights of the sale include four auctions, a children’s activity center and a German buffet. More than 250 hand-crafted quilts and quilt-related items will be on the block at the quilt auction.
The general auction will feature a playhouse constructed by Hesston College students, a model train layout with numerous engines, a new lawnmower donated by Excel Industries Inc. of Hesston, a 1952 wide-front Allis Chalmer CA, tools, antiques, and various hand-crafted Mennonite furniture and children’s toys.
A silent auction features a golf package for four at Prairie Dune.
The children’s auction is a new event this year and is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Pride of Kansas Building. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Also being sold (pre-priced) are international and Kansas craft items, plants, baked foods, cheeses, hams and sausage.
The Children’s Activity Center will include a nine-hole mini golf, moonwalk and carnival games—all located inside the Pride of Kansas Building.
Ethnic and American foods served throughout the fairgrounds.
A 5-kilometer Run for Relief is scheduled at 8 a.m. Saturday at Rice Park.
The sale begins at 4 p.m. Friday, April 13, with food service in all buildings, including a German buffet in the Cottonwood Court.
Auction items will be open for viewing at 5 p.m. along with the sale of priced items. The general auction opens at 6 p.m. in the Sunflower Building North.
The sale continues on Saturday with breakfast starting at 6 a.m. Sale of priced items starts at 7 a.m., the silent auction at 8 a.m. and the general and quilt auctions at 8:45 a.m.
The Friday music program features Bryan Moyer Suderman at 7 p.m. in the Meadowlark Building. He plays a blend of traditional folk music for young and old.
Last year’s sale resulted in a check to MCC for $370,000. The public is encouraged to participate in the sale. Admission and parking are free.