Make a Day of It in Hutchinson – April 13, 2013

April 13, 2013 – Saturday

All Day – beginning anytime after 6 a.m.!
Mennonite Relief Sale

20080412butterThe 45th annual Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale begins at 6 a.m. with breakfast and goes until the auctions are finished – usually in the late afternoon. Everything is at the Kansas State Fairgrounds – entrance at 20th and Poplar. This is a chance to peek into another culture. German delicacies are served up at various meals, and you can buy New Year’s Cookies, pies, breads and other baked goods to take home. Apple Butter made the day before is available as long as it lasts.

The highlight of Saturday is the auctions. The sale is especially known for the quilt auction, but it’s not unusual to see everything from hand-crafted toys to antique tractors being sold.  This year they’re auctioning a 1942 Studebaker Coupe, which is 100% original and has been in the same family since being purchased new. Even if you’re not buying, it’s delightful to see what’s available.

Free parking and admission. All proceeds go to hunger relief. There are 11 sales around the nation, and this is the largest one.

Dinner
Skaets is practically on the fairgrounds, so a good choice for dinner if you want something other than the homemade pie and New Year’s Cookies you can get at the MCC sale. Skaets is an old fashioned diner where you can get a moonburger, a grilled cheese, or breakfast anytime of day. It’s on Main Street, near 23rd.

Evening
Travel to Pretty Prairie and enjoy western music by The Diamond W Wranglers at the Pretty Prairie Civic Theater. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 and you can make reservations at 620-459-6461.

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