Friday evening, April 7 through mid-afternoon Saturday, April 8, 2017
Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson
Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale schedule
Friday, April 7
4 to 8 p.m. Feeding the Multitude in Cottonwood Court; food service in other locations
4 to 8: 30 p.m. Kid’s Activity Building opens, view auction items, and sale of priced items
5 p.m. Silent Auction bidding opens
6 p.m. General Auction begins in Sunflower North Building
Saturday, April 8
7 to 10 a.m. Breakfast served in Cottonwood Court
8 a.m. Sale of priced items begins
8 a.m. Run for Relief at Rice Park
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Silent Auction in Sunflower South Building
8:45 a.m. to mid-afternoon Quilt and General auctions
At Meadowlark Building: Over 200 quilts and related items—pieced, appliquéed, embroidered.
At Sunflower Building North: General auction including vehicles, tractors, antiques, hobby items, furniture, tools and more.
10 a.m. Kids’ Auction in Pride of Kansas Building
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feeding the Multitude begins in Cottonwood Court; meal service also at other locations
2:30 p.m. Surplus Auction (approx. time) in Sunflower South Building
The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, April 7 & 8, offers 24 hours of bidding on quilts and vehicles and tractors, purchasing crafted items, activities for kids and enjoying a variety of foods at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, Hutchinson. The event’s purpose is to raise funds for Mennonite Central Committee—a world-relief organization offering relief, development and peace programs in 58 countries.
The KMRS features five diverse auctions, childrens’ activities, International and local crafts, a cafeteria style meal served Friday and Saturday feature traditional Mennonite foods and more. Around 70 Kansas 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. In 2016, KMRS donated $620,000 to MCC—donation total is a combination of sale proceeds, MCC Ride for Relief and other donations to KMRS.
The five auctions are the Quilt Auction, featuring around 200 hand-crafted quilts and quilt related items (see quilt gallery at www.kansas.mccsale.org); the General Auction features a New Hustler Raptor SD donated by Excel Industries, Inc., ‘51 Massey Pony Restored, RESTORED ‘54 John Deere 40 – SCARCE, ‘37 WC Allis, RESTORED on Steel, ‘49 8N Ford PROFESSIONAL RESTORATION, RARE ‘41 DV Case, ONLY 100 Built, ‘47 H IHC Restored, ‘28 Chevy Coupe, ‘62 Ford F-600, ‘01 Mercedes E430,
‘05 4 WD Chevy Trailblazer LS, 80K, ‘02 Honda Accord LX, ‘99 Olds Alero, ‘04 Starcraft, ‘08 Dixon SPEEDZTR with blade attachment,
‘09 Kymco 125 cc, (4) Catered Smoked Pork Chop meal for up to 25 people by Keith’s Foods, tools, antiques, and various hand-crafted Mennonite furniture and children’s toys; a Silent Auction featuring a single night stay at Champion Ridge Inn, Kingman, four greens fees tickets and carts at Sand Creek and hand-crafted items; a kids’ auction on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Pride of Kansas Building; and a Surplus Auction.
Also being sold (pre-priced) are International (fair trade) and Kansas craft items, 1,000 garden plants, souvenirs, baked foods, cheeses, hams, and sausage. The children’s activity building includes 9-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.
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 Silent Auction opens bidding at 5 p.m. in Sunflower South and General Auction starts Friday at 6 p.m. in Sunflower Building North. The sale continues on Saturday with breakfast service starting at 7 a.m., sale of priced items at 8 a.m. and the Silent Auction reopens bidding at 8 a.m. while the General and Quilt auctions start at 8:45 a.m.. The weekend concludes with the Surplus Auction in Sunflower South starting about 2:30 p.m..
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 visit the sale website at www.kansas.mccsale.org or like KMRS on Facebook at Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale; or contact Jim Robb, KMRS Chair, at 620-345-7142, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Becky Blough, publicity chair, at 620-747-0558, email@example.com.
Over-night camping is available, for information and fees contact the fair office at 620-669-3600.
Mennonite Central Committee mission statement (www.mcc.org)
MCC (mcc.org), working in partnership with local agencies throughout the world, is closely monitoring the impact of the food crisis and formulating appropriate responses. MCC has a long history of addressing issues relating to food security and food injustices. MCC food programs include direct food assistance, water projects and agricultural supports. MCC also works with community groups and governments to advocate for just trade and fair economic policies. Go to MCC.org to learn more about MCC programs and history.
MCC works alongside local churches and communities in more than 55 countries, including Canada and the United States, to carry out disaster relief, sustainable community development and justice and peace-building work in the name of Christ. MCC also seeks to build bridges to connect people and ideas across cultural, political and economic divides.
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.