Relief Sale hits $406,500 mark

A picture-perfect weekend contributed to a picture-perfect 40th Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale with early sales equaling $406,500 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

?This weekend marked the 40th birthday of the sale,? said Rod Chrystie, Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale chair. ?After what has seemed like a long winter, folks came out in droves to join in the festivities.

?Friday night, we were blessed to have the Kansas Mennonite Men?s Chorus present a wonderful music program. And Saturday, the calm winds and bright sun welcomed every one back for a full day of eating, working, bidding and maybe a little more eating.

?Many thanks to all for helping us raise much needed funds that will make a difference in lives all across the world.?

Proceeds from the quilt auction was estimated at $113,000. Twenty-four of the 200-plus quilts sold for more than $1,000 a piece.

The top selling quilts were: ?Thelma?s October Garden? by the Piece Makers, Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church, Harper, for $5,400; and ?Lily Garden? by Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston, for $5,700.

The general auction raised $4,600 Friday night and $49,000 on Saturday with two antique tractors raising $4,700 for the Minneapolis Moline Model U and $4,000 for the Cockshutt Series 30.

Other notable totals include: Silent Auction, about $3,000; Quilters? Corner, $13,700; Ten Thousand Villages, $12,500; Penny Power Collection $19,252; 11th Run for Relief $18,700; and Feeding the Multitude (German buffet) $32,000.

The 41st annual KMRS is scheduled April 17 and 18, 2009, at the Kansas State Fairgrounds.

For more information about this year?s sale and updates on next year?s sale, visit

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