Kansas Mennonite annual Relief Sale is back at the fairgrounds
Kansas Mennonite's 53rd annual Relief Sale runs July 2 through mid-afternoon July 3 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. The event’s purpose is to raise funds for Mennonite Central Committee, a world-relief organization offering relief, development and peace programs in more than 50 countries.
The event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19. While the sale didn’t happen on the State Fairgrounds, multiple mini events, including a drive thru meal, two mini online auctions, Plant and Quilter’s Corner sales and donations, were given to KMRS to support the work of MCC.
“In November (of 2020), we met virtually celebrating the wonderful results of a variety of events leading to donations totaling $560,000 to MCC," said Jim Robb, KMRS Board Chair, in a release.
For more than 100 years, MCC has carried out its ministry around the world. The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, along with Relief Sales from across North America, has provided the funds, prayers and support to make MCC’s work possible.
Around 70 Kansas Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish congregations are joining together to make this event possible. With an all-volunteer staff, they are organizing and collecting donated goods and gathering funds to make the sale possible.
KMRS offers 24 hours of bidding on quilts, vehicles, antique tractors, and handcrafted wood items throughout the sale.
This year’s sale features six auctions, children's activities, and international and local crafts. There will also be a carry-out meal served Friday and Saturday. These more than 1,000 carry-out meals feature verenike and German sausage.
A 5K Run for Relief is scheduled at 8 a.m. Saturday at Rice Park (off the fairgrounds.) Entry forms are available at www.kansas.mccsale.org.
Auction items open for viewing at 4 p.m. Friday, July 2, along with the sale of priced items and food. The silent auction opens bidding at 5 p.m. in the Sunflower South Building. The sale and silent auction continues at 8 a.m. Saturday. The general and quilt auctions begin at 8:45 a.m.
A children's auction starts at 10 a.m., and a memorabilia auction begins at 11 a.m. The weekend concludes with the surplus auction starting at 2:30 p.m.. A full schedule and pictures of auction items are available at kansas.mccsale.org or on Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale's Facebook page.
The sale is the second largest annual event scheduled at the Fairgrounds. This event is open to the public. Admission and parking are free.
MCC relies on the support of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches to provide committed, energetic workers, financial support and prayer for this worldwide ministry.
The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale is sponsored by Kansas Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish congregations.