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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Mennonite Relief Sale New Hamburg

Where are we today ?

       A wonderful sleep las night, windows open and so quiet. Up in time to enjoy a great mild morning. Coffees and computing done then off to New Hamburg (7:45) for Suzie to pick her mom and take her to the Mennonite Relief Sale. I dropped her off and headed there myself arriving shortly after 8 am. Traffic lined up and parking now into the overflow. Things really hopping here early morning, if you want a close parking spot and shorter lines for food especially. Hundreds of volunteers put this together I believe this is their 47th year raising millions of dollars for the Mennonite Central Committee.
        Entering the grounds the first long line up in front of the blue tent on the right for  fresh made yeast donuts, still warm.

      The three pics below are from the website of the donuts being made. Volunteers arrive around 4 am to begin making these yeast donuts.
preparing the dough
frying the donuts
cooling after glazed
parking view from the grandstand
       So much to see and do, and the food! Different cultures, and food types.
a few choices here
I sampled one of these, excellent,
from the Russian Mennonites
fresh baked pies
Food court
making the apple fritters
children play area
Mexican Mennonites food
One of two lineups for Spring Rolls
Making the spring rolls,
Korean Mennonites
more entertainment
        Found Suzie and her mom having the pancake breakfast, her Dad stopped by to say hi , he is busy volunteering here, helping things run smoothly
I had to have a BBQ chicken leg at 9am
before they were sold out
            Then into the arena to check out some of the quilt auction always a busy place. There is 201 donated quilts to auction off, beginning at 8:30 am until mid afternoon.
        Nephew Greg was auctioning at 9 am for his first shift , about 40 minutes. He did sell quite a few and a couple quilts for about $3,2000.00 each. When we left the high price paid was $5,000.00
Thats Greg in the red shirt
        Now of course we cannot forget the fresh made strawberry pies, hundreds are made and sold either by the piece or whole pies. Long line ups and they are usually sold out around noon.
people cleaning berries, making boxes
and fresh whipped cream
assembling the pies
oh so good
      I wandered about a bit more taking in the sites, sounds and smells. Even ran into a few people I knew as well.
cooking sausage
outdoor auction
of course the Tv station was there too
         Now shortly after 10 am I had enough so headed back home, now the line ups are HUGE. The line to right below is for tea balls (red tent) and line in the middle for the donuts (blue tent on the right). It may be a long wait but sure worth it and besides it is a social day too, talk with all the people in line.
found the car again, and as you can see
 lots of rv's here for the weekend
      On the way home passed a few Mennonite buggies in town, they are here for the sale too.
       Well I am back to camp awesome and volunteered to help John clean up around the pool. Pressure washing the carpets and lawn furniture. A perfect day for this fun job.
         Early afternoon I picked up Suzie and she came back for her doggie fix. Brushing Buddy and Molly in the shade of our awning.
I spotted this fog trying to get out of the pool
 for a while so I gave him a hand, he thanked me
and headed of into the grass.
       Eventually time to relax for the day, read for a while then gonna make a spaghetti squash for supper. So easy, cut in half, remove seeds, place on a plate with a tablespoon of water covered with plastic wrap, microwave on high about 11 minutes until fork tender. Scoop the "noodles" onto plates and added the rest of our spaghetti sauce we made last week. We love spaghetti squash!
spaghetti squash
add a garlic bun and we have a very balanced meal,
lotsa leftovers too!
       Then after supper outside to read a while longer while Buddy and Molly join us before another run in the yard , then call it another great day.
Molly's puppy Buddy
      That was our fun day here on southern Ontario with perfect weather for outdoor activities, temps in the high 70's (25c) and sunshine. Doesn't get much better.
      Thanks for stopping by and joining us in our adventures.
Posted by George, a.k.a. "The Weber "Q" Man of Blogland" according to Rick Doyle.
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  1. Oh man...I love doughnuts.....I love apple fritter....and come to think of it, I liked all the food groups you showed. Sounded like a good place to be.

  2. Donuts and pies and sausages and everything. It all looks great. What a day you guys had.

  3. There is a Mennonite bakery not too far from where we live and they make the best maple bars - and other stuff too! That looks like a great festival and a lot of fun.

  4. Sounds like another great successful Relief Sale. So if you are looking for something to do next Saturday, why not stop by the Tavistock Recreational Centre and take in the World Crokinole Championships? I'll be looking for you.:)

    1. It was a great success, We won't be in the area, next Saturday but will be in Tavi. on Sunday for the Stere reunion.

  5. That sale is definitely a going concern. I think the main draw must be the food. I don't think I could wait that long in a lineup for it though, no matter how good it is.

    1. Arrive early enough you can beat the long lineups. Plus for most people it is a social rime as well. We sampled the foods from the short lines have tried the other items before.

  6. Terry would have planted himself right next to those donuts. Looks like one fun sale to spend time checking out. However, we only have so much room as you well know.

    1. The donuts are so very good too.
      We don't have much room either, so only purchase consumable products.

  7. Looked to be my kind of festival - donuts and pies! Hard to beat that.

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  8. What a great post, you sure covered a lot and great photos too. I had no idea there were so many different groups of Mennonites, most interesting. Love all that food and now I'm hungry :) Spaghetti squash is a wonderfully healthy meal and gluten free.

    1. Yes love the squash and we also made a veggie spaghetti sauce as well, excellent.


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