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October 31, 2013

Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale: Pie, quilt, crafts sales aid with worldwide disaster relief

ENID, Okla. — On Thursday morning, a group of Mennonite women was busy making pies for sale at the annual Oklahoma Mennonite Relief Sale beginning today at Chisholm Trail Expo Center.

Luella Unruh, volunteer for the sale, said the group started at 8:30 a.m. at Grace Mennonite Church and will bake more than 100 pies.

“We had enough crusts to make 126 before we started, but there will be others baked, also,” Unruh said.

Some of the pies are double crust and some are single crust, and range in flavors including raisin cream, pumpkin, pecan, strawberry rhubarb, rhubarb, cherry, apple and peach. The church is equipped with two regular ovens and a large convection oven.

The pies will be sold beginning this evening through Saturday until they are gone. The pies usually are gone before the quilt sale begins Saturday, Unruh said.

“You have to come early to get your pie,” she said.

Area Mennonites have been raising money to help disaster victims for more than 30 years in the Enid area.

Last year’s sale was the largest ever, topping all previous sales by more than $30,000, bringing in $176,000.

The group has more than 100 quilts and textiles for sale, said Carol Detweiler, chairwoman of the quilt sale.

“There’s nothing different this year. We’ll have the craft auction and the quilts and food and all that,” Unruh said.

A new program this year will be the buy-it-now sale. A price will be placed on quilts and possibly crafts. People who don’t want to wait for the auction may buy the quilt at the price posted, or take their chance at the auction.

“If someone doesn’t want to wait for the auction, they can buy it now,” Unruh said.

The price placed on the items will not change, and people will take a chance it doesn’t go for less than the posted price at the auction, she said. The prices will be what the committee determines is fair for each quilt or craft.

Food booths will be open with pies, bierocks, bratwurst and homemade ice cream.

The schedule for today begins with some booths opening at 4 p.m. The smoked pork loin dinner will be 5-7 p.m., and other booths will be open. An open house will be 6-9 p.m., with the sale of priced items in booths and the buy-it-now sale for quilts opening. A music program begins at 6:30, and the auction begins at 7:30 p.m.

A pancake and sausage breakfast will be 7-9:30 a.m. Saturday, and all booths open at 8 a.m. At 9 a.m., the craft auction begins. At the conclusion of the craft auction, at about 11:30 a.m., the quilt auction begins. At noon, the Peoples’ Choice quilt is auctioned.

No buy-it-now items will be reserved after the sale begins at 9 a.m.

The sale is one of 46 relief sales held in the United States and Canada to raise money for Mennonite Central Committee. Each year, the committee responds to disasters, earthquakes, floods, violence and war through aid and relief kits. Mennonite Central Committee is the relief service and community development agency for the Amish, Mennonite, Mennonite Brethren and Brethren in Christ churches.

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