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Mennonite Central Committee relief sale in its 54th year

The 54th Annual Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale had a special purpose this year. The event raises money for ongoing relief efforts to help Ukrainians.

The Hutchinson Relief Sale is one of many across North America with donations used by global relief organization MCC to provide water, food and healthcare to people in need. in more than 55 countries.

Last year’s MCC sale was held in July instead of the usual April and the sweet German Mennonite dessert, which looks and tastes more like a donut, could not be made due to intense heat in the trailer where they are fried.

Jan Mauck, left, Doris Lenihan and Carol Flickinger arrange a quilt at the Friday night auction display which was pieced and donated by Carol Peters and quilted by Elaine Schurr at the Mennonite Central Committee relief sale in the Meadowlark Building at the Kansas State Fair.

People patiently lined up in many buildings on Friday night to get their favorite Russian-German and Swiss Mennonite dishes, including verenike, sausage, bohne berrogi, borscht, homemade bread, zwieback and pies.

Volunteer Kathy Balzer, left, places New Year's cookies into containers with Rebekkah Simon, 13, and Jami Simon at the Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale Friday, April 8, 2022, in the Home Arts Building of the Kansas State Fair.

In the Meadowlark building, visitors walked in and out of hanging quilts on display Friday night to see which one they would like to buy at the quilt auction held on Saturday. As Carol Zehr Ewy walked around admiring the quilts, she was surprised to find one that had her Aunt Lucie Zehr’s name embroidered on one of the quilt blocks. She looked closer and found more family and friend names on the comforter. The quilt’s information sheet indicates that it was given to Vi Zehr King in 1934 and was donated at auction by her daughter Jan King Kauffman and Nancy Shear.

Carol (Zehr) Ewy was amazed to find her family's names embroidered on a quilt that was part of the quilt auction at the Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale on Friday, April 8, 2022, at the Meadowlark building in the Kansas State Fair.

In the Domestic Arts building, artists Janet Regier, Grace Adam and Miriam Goertzen-Regier demonstrated how to make Easter eggs, called pysanky. They create pysanky by hand by decorating eggs, using the traditional Ukrainian method of using beeswax and colored dyes.

Merril McHenry of McPherson, selects a pysanka egg or Ukrainian Easter egg to purchase during the Mennonite Central Committee Relief Sale Friday, April 8, 2022, in the Kansas State Fair's Domestic Arts Building.

In addition to Saturday’s quilt auction, which sold over 200 quilts and related items, there was a general auction, a silent auction, a children’s auction, a memorabilia and a surplus auction. Other items sold were cars, tractors, lawn mowers, craft items, garden plants, souvenirs, baked goods, cheese and meat.

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