Planners prepare for Mennonite relief sale

The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale for the 45th time is inviting the public to have fun while changing the world April 12 and 13 at the Kansas State Fair?grounds in Hutchinson.

The annual sale, sponsored by Kansas Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish congregations, raises funds for Menno?nite Central Committee?a world relief organization.

The KMRS features five diverse auctions, a children?s activity center, international and local crafts, a cafeteria-style meal served Friday and traditional Mennonite foods and more on Saturday.

Some 70 Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish congregations join together?utilizing an all volunteer staff?to organize, donate items and funds to make the sale possible.

According to MCC, each year in Canada and the United States, thousands of volunteers come together to raise money for MCC. In 2012 more than $5 million was raised to help MCC respond to basic needs and work for peace and justice around the world.

Two of MCC?s current projects include assisting Syrian refuges and constructing housing and vocational training programs for victims of the 2010 Haitian earthquake.

Five auctions

The five auctions include:

? a quilt auction, featuring more than 200 hand-crafted quilts and quilt related items;

? a general auction, featuring an original 1942 Studebaker Coupe; restored antique tractors: 1948 JD Model B, 1939 C Case, 1952 8N Ford, and a 1951 IHC Model C; new Hustler Sport ZTR Mower donated by Excel Industries Inc., Hesston; 2009 Plymouth Prowler Subaru Powered mini-car; Barrister Bookcase: four-section oak with leaded glass in top section, tools, antiques, and various hand-crafted Mennonite furniture and children?s toys;

? a silent auction featuring a golf package for four at Prairie Dunes;

? an auction just for kids at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Pride of Kansas Building;

? and a surplus auction.

Also being sold (pre-priced) are international (fair trade) and Kansas craft items, plants, souvenirs, baked foods, cheeses, hams and sausage.

Variety of activities

The Children?s Activity Center includes nine-hole mini golf and various inflatables donated by Inflate-O-Fun Inc., Inman, for all ages?all located inside the Pride of Kansas Building.

Traditional Mennonite and American foods also served throughout the fairgrounds.

A 5-kilometer Run for Relief is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday at Rice Park (off the fairgrounds.) Entry forms are available at or contact Angie Teeter at 620-327-4434.

KMRS begins at 4 p.m. Friday with food service in all buildings including Feeding the Multitude, featuring Russian-German and Swiss Mennonite foods, in the Cottonwood Court.

Auction items open for viewing at 4 p.m. along with the sale of priced items.

The general auction starts at 6 p.m. in the Sunflower Building North. The sale continues Saturday with breakfast service starting at 6:30 a.m. Sale of priced items starts at 8 a.m.

The silent auction starts at 8 a.m. while the general and quilt auctions start at 8:45 a.m.

The Friday night music program features Doug and Jude Krehbiel with Jesse Graber at 7 p.m. in the Meadowlark Building.

The sale is the second largest annual event scheduled at the fairgrounds.

All are welcome to attend the sale. Admission and parking are free. For more information contact Matthew Voth, KMRS Chair, at 620-367-2917, info@kansas., or Becky Blough, publicity chair, at 620-345-3088,, or go to
























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