Over 200 quilts were auctioned at the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale on May 24 – 25.
The New Hamburg Community Hall was packed with eager onlookers, ready to make their bid.
Celebrating it’s 53rd anniversary, the event continues to attract visitors year after year in support of relief efforts made by the Mennonite Central Committee.\
Since it’s start in 1967, the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale has raised over $14 million and over 10,000 quilts have been donated to the auction.
And about 2,000 volunteers took part in over 40 venues to help support the event.
“This would not be possible if it wasn’t for the local community,” says John Reimer, chair of the New Hamburg Relief Sale Committee. “And the event is very much church based with over 30 Mennonite churches participating and that has ensured the success of this event.”
Prior to auction, the quilts were available for preview at various locations in Waterloo Region including: Waterloo City Hall, the Schneider Haus, St. Jacobs Mennonite Church and Kitchener City Hall.
For the second year in a row, vintage quilts were also available for auction. But this was the first year NHMRS had opened the bidding online for those unable to attend the event dates.
Bid after bid, beautifully handcrafted quilts were auctioned off during the weekend including this year’s featured quilt, Little Brown Church, described as a giant puzzle with more than 3,000 pieces.It was designed by Julene Fast, pieced by a group of women from Hawkesville Mennonite Church and quilted by Pix Martin.
About 10,000 people attended the event which also included an assortment of activities at the fairgrounds in New Hamburg.
There was something for everyone from music to good food, crafts, the Run for Relief which includes a 2 km run, 5 km run and a nature walk, as well as a variety of children’s activities complete with bouncy castles and face painting.
“The uniqueness of the quilt sale keeps people coming and good food always goes over well,” Reimer said. “It’s a great time of year. People are ready to go out and enjoy”
For more information about the New Hamburg Mennonite Relief Sale, visit: nhmrs.com