Hosted by the Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches, the Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief is held in Albany, Oregon, each October. The Mennonite Central Committee works for peace and justice around the world, and aids those in disaster areas or in need of education, clean water and a sustainable community. The money raised from the festival goes toward helping the MCC carry out its goals and work worldwide. You’ll have a blast at the festival while helping those in need, so get ready for a full day of fun and charity.
Bid at the Auction
Prepare to raise your paddle as an auction is the event’s main fundraising attraction. A variety of donated items are auctioned each year, including antiques, handcrafted wood items, dinners, theater tickets, musical instruments and art. Handmade quilts are the centerpiece of the auction, with beautiful pieces donated by locals.
Enjoy Kids Activities
Kids can have a great time while learn the meaning of charity and helping others at the festival. Kids 12 and under have the chance to raise their bidding paddles to win toys at a special children’s auction. After the thrill of winning an auction and raising money for families in need, they can burn off energy in the straw-bale maze, then participate in the hands-on activity of filling school kits. Once finished, MCC distributes the school kits to refugee and displaced children across the globe.
Browse Food and Gift Vendors
Start the day off right with a pancake breakfast. Head to the baked-goods booths early in the day for the best selection of breads, pies and cookies to take home. Sip on fresh cider as you take in the festivities, and after you’ve had lunch, snack on apple dumplings, cinnamon rolls, whoopie pies and ice cream. Browse the vendors offering a range of products including handcrafted gifts, homemade syrups, jams, cheese, quilts, books and craft supplies. You also will find a variety of lush plants and colorful flowers to bring home.
Things to Consider
The festival is held at the Linn County Fair & Expo Center and has free admission and parking. Temperatures average around 50 degrees Fahrenheit during October, so bring a jacket. Several hotels are located less than a mile from the center. The closest hotels, at less than 1/4-mile away, include Comfort Suites and Holiday Inn Express & Suites, both of which feature an indoor pool, hot tub and sauna.
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