Preparations under way for annual relief sale

Kansas Mennonites are now preparing for the 33rd annual Mennonite Relief Sale to be held at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, April 6 and 7.

Selected as this year’s theme is, “Give them something to eat, based on Mark 6:37. The sale benefits Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a Christian relief agency serving needy persons worldwide.

Highlights of the sale include auctions of about 300 quilt items, hobby items, furniture, tools, wood handicrafts and general merchandise.

Also being sold (pre-priced) will be both overseas and Kansas craft items, plants, baked foods, cheeses, hams and sausage.

Relief sale guests will enjoy a variety of both ethnic and American foods served on the grounds.

A 5 kilometer Run for Relief takes place Saturday morning at 8 a.m., beginning at Rice Park (off the fairgrounds).

Sale related activities at other locations include construction of a house now being built in Moundridge to be sold to benefit MCC; post-sale Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus concerts at El Dorado April 8, and at Wichita April 22; and a golf tournament May 5 at Hesston Municipal Golf Course.

The Mennonite Relief Sale at the State Fairgrounds starts Friday, April 6, with food service beginning at 4 p.m., open house and sale of priced items at 5 p.m., followed at 6 p.m. by entertainment and a mini-auction.

The quilt auction at the Industrial Building, and general auction at the Sunflower Building both begin at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 7.

All are welcome to attend the sale. Admission and parking are free.

For more information contact Richard Ediger, sale chair, Box 488, Buhler, KS 67522; 620-543-2787.

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