Annual Mennonite relief sale is April 11-12 years ago

The 40th annual Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale will be held April 11 and 12 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson.

More than 70 Kansas Mennonite, Brethren in Christ, and Amish congregations will organize and donate items and funds to make the relief sale possible.

Proceeds benefit Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a world relief organization.

MCC provides material needs, community development, and initiates peace programs in North America and across the world in the name of Christ.

Relief sale feature events include four auctions, a children's activity center, and a German buffet.

The four diverse auctions are the quilt auction, featuring more than 250 hand-crafted quilts and quilt-related items; the general auction featuring a mini FasTrak 17-hp lawnmower donated by Excel Industries Inc., Hesston, two antique tractors, tools, antiques, and a variety of hand-crafted Mennonite furniture and children's toys; the silent auction featuring a golf package for four at Prairie Dunes; and an auction just for children at 10 a.m. April 12 in the Pride of Kansas building.

Other pre-priced items will be sold as well.

A children's activity center includes nine-hole miniature golf, a moonwalk, and carnival games.

Traditional Mennonite and American foods will be served throughout the fairgrounds.

A 5K Run for Relief is scheduled for 8 a.m. April 12 at Rice Park.

KMRS begins at 4 p.m. April 11 with food service in all buildings including a German buffet in Cottonwood Court.

Auction items 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 April 12 with breakfast at 6 a.m.

The sale of priced items begins at 7 a.m. followed by the silent auction at 8 a.m. The general and quilt auctions begin at 8:45 a.m.

The Friday night music program features the Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus at 7 p.m. in the Meadowlark Building.

The public is invited to any or all events. Admission and parking are free.