Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

 Kansas State Fairgrounds
2000 North Poplar
Hutchinson, Kansas 67502
620-665-7406

April 11-12, 2014    Free!
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Quilt Auction at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale in Hutchinson, Kansas
Quilt Auction at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas is an annual festival and benefit auction with ethnic foods, quilt auction, crafts, music and the Run For Relief. The proceeds help fight world hunger and provide relief. Started 45 years ago, the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale has been an annual event of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a relief organization formed in 1920.

The Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale is the largest church bazaar that I have ever seen and raises about $500,000 a year. It is put on by 70 Mennonite, Brethren in Christ, and Amish congregations and fills seven large buildings. There are multiple silent and live auctions with items as diverse as candy, old tractors, hand crafted furniture and automobiles. One auction was devoted to over 200 hand made quilts. There is food available in every building, but the biggest spread is the Feeding of the Multitude, serving cafeteria style German food to 7 - 10,000 people.

We sampled raisin pie, donut hole like "New Year's cookies" and cherry moos made with cherries, flour, sugar & cream. Good, but not great. They are having to mass produce these items. Breakfast was verenika & sausage. The sausage was nothing special, but the Ukrainian verenika (cottage cheese filled pasta dumpling served with rich ham gravy) was very good. It was the best dish which we tried at the Relief Sale.

Take along a cooler so you can take home sausages, cheese and other German or German influenced foods.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale line foe supper
The line for the Feeding the Multitudes at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

Feeding the Multitudes serving tables - Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale
When the line finally got into the Feeding the Multitudes, there were 4 cafeteria style serving lines with German food and lots of seating.

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale dining hall
Over 400 people can be seated at one time at the Feeding of the Multitudes

German foods at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale
Mennonite Borscht (without beets), bohne beroggi (sweet pastry stuffed with bean paste), cherry moos, 
verenika (dumplings made with noodle dough and dry cottage cheese) with ham gravy and sausage 

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale live auction
The General Auction features antique tractors & vehicles, tools, children's toys, décor items, handcrafted furniture, antiques, and more.

1942 Studebaker Coupe for auction
1942 Studebaker Coupe with 101,000 miles and original paint & interior

Model C Case Gas Tractor and IHC Farmall Model C tractor
1939 Model C Case Gas Tractor and 1951 IHC Farmall Model C tractor

Plant sale at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale
A wide variety of house plants, bedding plants, perennials, grasses, bulbs, roots, shrubs and trees are sold in flats and singles.

Concert at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale
Concert by Doug and Jude Krehbiel with Jesse Graber

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale quilts for sale
Examining quilts before they go to auction

Chicken BBQ at Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale
Chicken barbecue on Saturday

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale bake sale
Pies, breads and noodles -
other areas have many other baked goods including New Year's cookies (Porzelchen or Niejoash koake)

German sausage and meats at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale
smoked sausage, liver sausage, summer sausage, pork ribs, whole hams and mustards

Amish cheese at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale
Baby Swiss, Amish Butter Cheese, Mild Swiss, Longhorn Mild Cheddar and Cheese Curds

Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale Map
Map of the 2013 Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale

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