FAIRVIEW — Today and tomorrow (Saturday) the Northern Michigan Relief Sale will be taking place at the Oscoda County Fairgrounds, 1889 Caldwell Road, Mio. The sale is a fund-raiser for the Mennonite Central Committee, a non-profit organization helping people in need around the world.

The Relief Sale features hand-crafted items for sale and auction, bakery items (pies, cakes, bread and other baked goods, jams, jellies, cheese, cookbooks, plants, and other country style food items), a large book sale, garage sale items and produce stand, as well as music.

Saturday’s Events include

Shops open – 7:30 a.m.

Whole Hog Sausage and Pancake Breakfast with Pure Maple Syrup – served from 6 – 10 a.m.

Chicken BBQ Dinner – served starting at  12 p.m.

Quilt Auction – 11 a.m. and again at  1 p.m.

General Auction – from 9:30 – 11 a.m., approximately 12 p.m., and again following the 1 p.m. quilt auction.

Since their first sale in 1966, the Northern Michigan Relief Sale has been raising funds to support the projects and programs of Mennonite Central Committee, a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches. MCC shares God’s love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. The sale is one of 43 relief sale events in the U.S. and Canada that together raise over five million dollars annually. The sale is made possible with the help of many volunteers who contribute their time and resources.


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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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