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New Hamburg Relief Sale turns 45

By Janice Harder, New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale Committee
New Hamburg, Ont. | Mar 30, 2011 | Volume 15, Number 7

The  45th anniversary New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale will take place on May 27 and 28 in the historic arena, grandstand and fairgrounds. Join the more than 15,000 people of all ages who attend annually; there is so much to do, buy and eat!

New this year will be a furniture auction on May 27 at 7 p.m. in the arena. Local furniture craftsmen have donated wood, construction and finishing expertise to provide the sale with a bedroom suite and dining room suite, along with other items.

An antique tractor auction of a show-condition 1952 McCormick takes place at noon on May 28.

Patrons can bid at one of Canada’s largest handmade quilt auctions, with more than 200 works of art for sale.

Children can enjoy the inflatable castles, mini auction and entertainment.

All can explore the delights of scrumptious food of Mennonite traditions: fleisch piroschki (meat buns), vereneki (Mennonite perogies), rollkuchen (fritters), teaballs, apple fritters, pupusas (filled pancakes), spring rolls, barbecue pork, homemade ice-cream and our famous strawberry pies.

Visitors can run or walk in a five-kilometre Run for Relief, purchase heritage perennials and bedding flowers, and build toonie towers!

All proceeds go to Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) for distribution among people around the world suffering from poverty, conflict, oppression and natural disasters. A dollar spent at the Relief Sale is a dollar sent to MCC—and there is no tax on any of the items! The 2010 sale raised more than $330,000. Nearly $15 million has been raised for MCC since 1967.

For more information, visit online or call 519-745-8458. The event is wheelchair accessible and buses are welcome.

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