This past weekend, we traveled to Kansas with our friends, Blake and Sarah Lehr, to participate in the 41st Kansas MCC Sale.  This was the Lehr’s third year coming with us for the two day event.  We were joined with Abby & Jason, Lynn & Lisa, Mom, and the Grandparents.

For those who do not know what the MCC Sale is – Started over 40 years ago, the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale has been an annual event of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a relief organization formed in 1920.  Some 70 Mennonite, Brethren in Christ, and Amish congregations in Kansas, and their friends, donate their gifts and services for this annual festival and benefit auction.  All proceeds from the sale are used to provide for material needs and community development in North America and across the world in the name of Christ.

We help run a booth that sells various items – hats, yardsticks, children’s books, magazines, popcorn, and sometimes fresh/dried fruits and nuts.  Nicolas has only missed one year helping, over his entire life.  The typical routine is to arrive around noon on Friday and chow down on a fresh hamburger…with lots of chopped vedalia onions (Nicolas only).  Then we get the booth setup early, so that other volunteers who want a yardstick or hat can get one.  While setting up is easy, it is quickly time for a break, so we head out in search of some new years cookies.  The sale officially begins at 4:00, but since we’re not too busy yet, we’ll get a Russian pancake which conveniently next to our booth!  Then back to helping in the booth…until its time to eat verenika, bohne berogi, borscht, and German sausage.  Yum!  Oh, and more new years cookies.  We eat alot at the sale.

On Saturday, the sale begins with a pancake breakfast.  But we didn’t make it this year 😦  chose to sleep-in instead.  When we did arrive, it was closer to 8:00, just in time to begin selling stuff and making popcorn.  Oh, and new years cookies for breakfast.  Our booth has always been in the same building with the quilt auction, so it is fun to watch the activity. Though the amount of people who come each day is about equal, it definitely feels like there is alot more people and things going on and alot more to sell.  Around about 10:00 we sold out of yardsticks, which the first time ever!  We hope to do that again.  Normally we’ll have the German meal for lunch, but this year we opted to have the BBQ chicken, which is also wonderful.  The sale finished around 4:00; it always finishes so fast.  We look forward to a return trip in 2010!

Gloria H. chatting

Gloria H. chatting

2009 Yardsticks

2009 Yardsticks

fat gretchen

fat gretchen

Reading the fairgrounds map

Reading the fairgrounds map

abby chowing on russian pancake

chowing on russian pancake

Virgil - Man of Yardsticks

Virgil – Man of Yardsticks

homemade soap

homemade soap

auction items

auction items

Pleasant Valley MC quilt

PVMC quilt

general auction

general auction

general auction

general auction

quilt auction

quilt auction

ukranian egg painting

ukranian egg painting

little Mikayla Maury

little Mikayla Maury

russian pancake flipping

russian pancake flipping

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