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 51 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.
One of the newer activities at the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale is KMRS - Run/Walk for Relief 5K. You can do the event as a fundraiser, paid entry or remote participant. The event is at 8AM on Saturday, April 13, 2024. Registration is available online.
Take along a cooler so you can take home sausages, cheese and other German or German influenced foods.
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