FAIRVIEW, MI — The Oscoda County Fairgrounds will be hosting the 52nd Annual Northern Michigan Relief Sale on Friday, Aug. 3 and Sat., Aug. 4.

The purpose of the sale is to help the hungry, the homeless, the war-torn, the sick, the handicapped and illiterate around the world. Money raised will be channeled through the Mennonite Central Committee — the cooperative relief agency for Mennonite and Brethren in Christ church groups.

This is one of 46 relief sales held throughout the United States and Canada each year. Many people volunteer their time and labor to make each a success.

Breakfast will be available from 6 to 10 a.m. and dinner at 12 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Friday will feature:

  • Garage Sale, 9 a.m.
  • Used Book Sale, 9 a.m.
  • Silent Auction, 3-7 p.m.
  • Open House, 5-9 p.m.
  • Children’s Auction, 5:30 p.m.
  • Relief Sale Run; sign-up 6 p.m., run at 7 p.m.
  • Evening Concert and Family Movie, 7 p.m.
  • Country Bakery/Mercantile, all day

On Saturday …

  • Shops open, 7:30 p.m., including quilts, hand-crafted goods and artwork
  • Quilt Auction, 11 a.m., 1 p.m.

The Oscoda County Fairgrounds are located 6 miles north of Mio on M-33 or 3 miles west of Fairview on M-33. Turn onto Caldwell Road and go north for 3/4 of a mile.

For more information, visit their website www.reliefsale.org, email info@reliefsale.org, or call Carl Dube, (989) 848-5904.

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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