Next year will mark a significant anniversary for the Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief. The 2013 sale—October 12 at the Linn County Fairgrounds—will be the 30th! In fact, the Festival traces its roots even further back than 30 years, beginning with a grassroots effort at the 1978 Oregon State Fair in Salem. A small group of volunteers set up a table and sold fair trade arts and crafts. It was called "State Fair Witness” and lasted for six years.
In 1984, that effort blossomed into the first Oregon MCC relief auction. For the first two years, the auction was held at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall. But in 1986, the event moved to its present location at the Linn County Fairgrounds in Albany. Thirty years later, the Oregon Mennonite Festival for World Relief is still a grassroots effort, made possible by the combined labor of volunteers from churches throughout Oregon. And here’s a truly amazing number: In the 30 years that the Festival has existed, more than $2.2 million has been raised for MCC.
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