The 50th Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale kicked off Friday at 4pm on the state fairgrounds at 80 degrees, but runners in tomorrow’s Run for Relief 5K will be up against near-freezing temperatures.
The annual sale raises around half a million dollars for Mennonite Central Committee, which provides world relief to 55 countries through development and peace projects. It features several auctions, vendors and authentic Mennonite food.
“The weather might be a little bit crazy tomorrow but the wonderful thing about our sale is we’re indoors and we have heating and cooling so if it’s really cold, it will be really warm in our buildings,” Becky Blough, publicity chair said.
Every year, thousands turn out for the feeding of the multitude dinner on Friday and luncheon on Saturday afternoon. Volunteers say they’ve seen all weather at past sales, including snow.
“Sometimes if the weather is not nice, they eat more and they come out to the sale if they can’t work in their yards so it’s a great option for those days,” volunteer Vania Winsor of Moundridge said.
The sale continues tomorrow from 7am to 2:30pm.