Mennonite-related congregations are gearing up for the 48th Kansas Menno?nite Relief Sale this weekend in Hutchinson by gathering volunteers, baked foods and any number of times that will be sold at five different auctions.
Last year?s event generated $530,000 to support the relief and development of Mennonite Central Commit?tee around the world.
Though every revenue-generating sources is precious for sale advocates, one Goessel native has invested many years in a particular niche: preparing, presenting and promoting donated vehicles and antique farm equipment slated for the sale?s General Auction.
And Jerry Toews is as enthused as he?s ever been about the featured items that will be sold to the highest bidder this year.
At or near the top of his list is a quality restoration on a 1948 8N Ford Tractor.
?Sheet metal and paint (was done) by Lowell Hein?richs, who used to work at Hillsboro Ford and now has a car restoration business on his farm south of Hillsboro,? Toews said.
?Lowell also did the sheet metal and paint on the show-quality restoration of an orange 1956 Minneapolis Moline 445,? he added. ?Lowell has donated 110 hours of body work and paint on the sheet metal work on these two tractors this year.?and he has donated the same service for old tractors, and cars we have sold through the years.?
Toews also is impressed with a 1948 Oldsmobile Coupe that has been ?very nicely? restored.
Toews said the car, which has only 47,000 actual miles, has been in the same family since new; it was originally bought at Holstein Motors in Newton. It has new vintage interior as well as paint.
?The original chrome is very nice, and it runs very, very nice,? he said. ?The car has been updated with a 12-volt electrical system for easy and reliable starting and running. It?s a real pleasure to drive and enjoy.?
On a slightly more practical side, the list of featured items also includes a 1967 F-750 heavy-duty farm truck in restored condition.
?If you are looking for a very good usable heavy-duty farm truck for harvest or other general duties, this is one amazing truck,? said Toews, ever the salesman when it comes to supporting the MCC cause.
Additional featured vehicles and equipment can be reviewed online at mccsale.org.
The relief sale is much more than the General Auction. Also on tap are a Quilt Auction a Surplus Action, plus a Children?s Auction and a Silent Auction.
Also being sold on a pre-priced basis are international (fair trade) and Kan?sas craft items, 1,000 garden plants, souvenirs, baked foods, cheeses, hams and sausage.
The children?s activity building includes nine-hole mini golf and various inflatables donated by Inflate-O-Fun Inc., Inman, for all ages?all inside the Pride of Kansas Building.
Traditional Mennonite and American foods will be served throughout the fairgrounds.
The KMRS begins at 4 p.m. Friday with food service in all buildings, including Feeding the Multitude, featuring Russian-German and wiss Mennonite foods, in the Cottonwood Court.
Auction items open for viewing at 4 p.m. along with the sale of priced items. The Silent Auction opens bidding at 5 p.m. in Sun?flower South and the General Auction starts 6 p.m. Friday in the Sunflower Building North.