Lots To Harvest At Fall Fair
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Prince George, BC - The 30th Annual Mennonite Fall Fair is in full swing at the Civic Centre, with something for everyone...
The annual fall fundraiser features a large indoor garage sale, garden produce, plants, home baking, silent auction, and opportunity to shop for fair trade crafts from Ten Thousand Villages - the global organization that purchases items directly from artisans working in co-ops in Third World Countries to sell in North America at fair market value.
Elsie Adrian (left) and Maria Sluggett (right) will be spending the day rolling coins dropped into a penny drive that's also part of the fair. They're just two of the dozens of volunteers involved in the one-day event that runs until four this afternoon.
The fair's Administrative Officer, Wendy Herring, says 10-percent of all proceeds raised today will stay in Prince George to fund local programs like camper bursaries for Ness Lake Bible camp and inter-varsity fellowships. The remainder is sent to the Mennonite Central Committee to fund food and clean water projects in areas where they're most needed.
Herring says $22-thousand dollars was forwarded to Central Committee last year and she's hopeful this year's fair will raise a similar amount. In addition, $11-thousand dollars was raised for Ten Thousand Villages last year. "The sales we do for them go back into their program so they can purchase more items from the artisans." She says there were a number of really good products sent for sale this year, so it should be a great sale.
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