This past weekend was the Kansas MCC Sale. For those non-Mennonites among the readers, it’s a chance to go to Hutchinson, eat a LOT of really good food, visit booths with lots of interesting things for sale (anything from bad trucker hats to furniture to jewelry to old fabric remnants to more food), go to three different auctions (general, quilts, children’s), slide down a GIANT SLIDE and mostly just eat a lot of food and hang out for a morning. At least half of the Bethel campus makes the trek over the weekend, and so there’s ample opportunity to spend time with friends, walk around, get sunburnt, and of course, eat a LOT of really good food (sense a theme here? Mennonites are all about the food). The proceeds from everything purchased at the sale goes to the Mennonite Central Committee, which is a faith-based aid organization with branches all over the world, so we can indulge in a bit of guilt-free spending, knowing that it will go to a good cause.
This year, the weather was spectacular. It was about 80 degrees and sunny, with a nice breeze. I went with my boyfriend Ben, who has never been to an MCC Sale before. We visited all of the major attractions, buying New Year’s cookies (sugar-dusted, raisin-containing donuts), whoopee pies, and bad trucker hats (we found the worst ones at the stand and bought them for each other with the stipulation that the other person had to wear it all day). After riding the GIANT SLIDE, we had dinner at the Feeding of the Multitudes, which is a collection of ethnically Mennonite foods like zwiebach (dinner roll), borsht (cabbage/beef/vegetable soup), verenike (cheese-filled, fried packets of dough covered in ham gravy), cherry moos (cherry pudding), and bohneberoggi (bean-filled dough pocket covered in sugary sauce). All in all, it was an excellent day of food and merriment, and one of the best ways to spend a spring Saturday morning.