One of the biggest social events on the Christmas Valley calendar returns on Saturday, Oct. 19, when Christmas Valley Community Church hosts its 26th annual fall festival and auction.
Launched in 1993, the community event is intended as a way to raise funds to help Christian ministries and missions. Through auctions, food sales and donations, the event has raised over $100,000 each year over the past decade.
The event has become renowned for its combination of auctions, children’s games, country store, live entertainment, and of course food. Included in this year’s festivities are a kid’s auction and activities, live and silent auction, yard sale, Farm Ground Coffee Shop, a barbecue tri-tip and chicken dinner, a pie shop, food trucks, and a free concert by Casey Marie Nitzsche.
The live auction typically encompasses 250-300 items, from antiques and collectibles to furniture and household goods, farm equipment, vehicles, tools, guns, grills, televisions and homemade goods and services. Donations are still being sought for the auction, items can be dropped off on Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. All donated items should be clean and ready for sale, and no clothing is accepted for the yard sale portion of activities.
Activities commence on the Christmas Valley Community Church grounds on with a Farm Ground Coffee Shop, starting at 8 a.m. and open all day. At 9 a.m. a silent auction will begin, as well as the community yard sale, pie shop and country store. Silent auctions will end at 11:30 a.m.
Starting at 10 a.m. there will be activities for kids as well as ice cream, hot dogs, corn dogs, curly fries, kettle corn and fry bread served all day. The barbecue dinner will be available from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The children’s auction will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the live auction at noon. Following the auction will be a free concert by Casey Marie, a worship leader and aspiring singer/songwriter who has roots with the fall festival – her late grandmother Ruth Stutzman was one of the event’s founding members.
Incorporated into each year’s live auction is a Paddle Raise – a fundraiser dedicated towards a specific cause. Past efforts included support for Syrian and Iraqi refugees that fled to Jordan, and a Haitian ministry known as “Chances 4 Children” which served 10,000 meals to people affected by hurricanes, and worked to improve drinking water conditions.
Christmas Valley Community Church is located at 87921 Christmas Valley Hwy in Christmas Valley. For more information call 541-576-2757, or visit www.christmasvalleycommunitychurch.com.