It's cause for celebration as this year’s Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale is the 50th annual sale scheduled Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kan.

The Relief Sale offers 24 hours of bidding on quilts and vehicles and tractors, purchasing crafted items, activities for kids and enjoying a variety of foods. The event’s purpose is to raise funds for Mennonite Central Committee — a world-relief organization offering relief, development and peace programs in 55+ countries.

The KMRS features five diverse auctions, children activities, International and local crafts, a cafeteria style meal served Friday and Saturday feature traditional Mennonite foods and more. Around 70 Kansas Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and Amish congregations join together—utilizing an all-volunteer staff--to organize, donate items and funds to make the sale possible. In 2017, KMRS donated $590,000 to MCC — donation total is a combination of sale proceeds, MCC Ride for Relief and other donations to KMRS.

Also being sold are international and Kansas craft items, 1,000 garden plants, souvenirs, baked foods, cheeses, hams and sausage.

The children’s activity building includes 9-hole mini golf and various inflatables donated by Inflate-O-Fun, Inc., Inman, for all ages — all located inside the Pride of Kansas Building. Traditional Mennonite and American foods also served throughout the fairgrounds.

A 5K Run for Relief is scheduled Saturday morning at 8 a.m. at Rice Park (off the fairgrounds.) Entry forms are available at www.kansas.mccsale.org.

KMRS begins at 4 p.m. Friday with food service in all buildings including Feeding the Multitude, featuring Russian-German and Swiss Mennonite foods, in the Cottonwood Court. Auction items open for viewing at 4 p.m. along with the sale of priced items. The Silent Auction opens bidding at 5 p.m. in Sunflower South and General Auction starts Friday at 6 p.m. in Sunflower Building North. The sale continues on Saturday with breakfast service starting at 7 a.m., sale of priced items at 8 a.m. and the Silent Auction reopens bidding at 8 a.m. while the General and Quilt auctions start at 8:45 a.m. The weekend concludes with the Surplus Auction in Sunflower South starting about 2:30 p.m.

The sale is the second largest annual event scheduled at the Fairgrounds.

All are welcome to attend the sale. Admission and parking are free. For more information visit the sale website at www.kansas.mccsale.org or like KMRS on Facebook at Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale; or contact Jim Robb, KMRS Chair, at 620-345-7142, info@kansas.mccsale.org..

Overnight camping is available, for information and fees contact the fair office at 620-669-3600.

Mennonite Central Committee works alongside local churches and communities in more than 55+ countries, including Canada and the United States, to carry out disaster relief, sustainable community development and justice and peace-building work in the name of Christ. MCC also seeks to build bridges to connect people and ideas across cultural, political and economic divides.

MCC relies on the support of Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches to provide committed, energetic workers, financial support and prayer for this worldwide ministry.

Visit http://MCC.org to learn more about MCC programs and history.