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Grabill Chamber of Commerce Amish Auction and Dinner

There’s just something about the small rural town of Grabill, Indiana. Although located in the heart of Amish farming country and far from a major traffic artery, it has been able to thrive through good times and bad for 120 years. The hardworking spirit of its people has produced a variety of successful businesses and a chamber of commerce that works tirelessly to promote the friendliness of the city. And that friendliness is genuine, as evidenced by an exciting community event on Friday, July 8: the Grabill Chamber of Commerce & Amish Community Benefit Auction.

2022 is the 68th anniversary of this annual tradition – 19 years older than its better-known counterpart, the Grabill Country Fair. The chamber auction has always been the main fundraiser for the Grabill group of companies, but the event has become much more than that in recent years. Since 2013, members of the Amish and “English” communities have been working together to use the benefit auction to support charitable causes in the Grabill area. Not only will a portion of this year’s proceeds go to the House, but a significant amount will be donated to help cover the crippling costs for families of three Amish children with special needs.

For the second consecutive year, the benefit auction will be held at the spacious Lengacher Auction barn, a few miles northeast of Grabill, at 16705 Campbell Road, Spencerville. The festivities will actually begin at 10:00 a.m. on the morning of July 8 with an all-day Amish bake sale featuring delicious homemade pies, cookies, breads and noodles. Starting at 4:00 p.m., you and your family can donate and enjoy a hearty Amish dinner, including ‘Kentucky Fried Catfish’ and grilled chicken according to Toby Graber’s secret recipe. Boxed dinners will be available for takeout.

At 6:00 p.m. you can begin placing your bids during the auction for a unique collection of merchandise donated by businesses in the Grabill area, such as tools, food items, hunting gear, gardening supplies, garden furniture or coupons from local merchants. An entertaining group of auctioneers will make bidding great fun until the last item is sold under the marquee.

Other enjoyable features throughout the event include homemade ice cream, a candy stand, and the on-site Common Grounds Coffeehouse serving lemonade, frozen mocha, and “Breezers.”

If your business or organization would like to help this charity project by donating an item to be auctioned, call Marvin & Ada Schmucker at 260-410-8110 or Christian Community Health Care at 260-627-2242 ext 7.

Invite family and friends to join you this Friday for delicious food, old-fashioned fun, and a chance to make a difference for local families who need our help.

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