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By Jeremy Burnham

Mennonite Country Auction raises over $100,000 for relief efforts


Last updated 10/10/2019 at 10:35am

Journal photo by Jeremy Burnham

A pair of hard workers churn apple butter during the 42nd annual Mennonite Country Auction on Oct. 5. The auction raised over $100,000.

Hundreds of people from Adams, Lincoln and surrounding counties drove out to the Menno Mennonite Church on Oct. 5 for the 42nd Annual Mennonite Country Auction. Between booth sales and the auction, the event raised about $113,000.

The top selling item was a 1953 GMC pickup truck that sold for $6,000.

The very first item that sold was more of a donation than a sale. A loaf of bread to be used at communion in the next morning's church service sold for $1,000.

The auction was conducted by Chuck Yarbro of Chuck Yarbro Auctions.

"It's a great, great, great, cause today," Yarbro said at the start of the auction. "There's a lot of people who have a lot of ideas about changing the world. But I'll tell you what, the Mennonites are right at the head of the camp."

The auction alone raised $57,000.

Booth sales included breakfast, lunch, apple cider, apple butter, cheese and several crafts and other goods. Booth sales totaled about $56,000.

The event also included a craft table for kids and a bounce house.

The Mennonite Country Auction takes place every year on the first Saturday of October at the Menno Mennonite Church located on Damon Road about 25 miles from Ritzville.


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