News of Seasonal Produce Offerings, Auctions, Events, Agritourism and Farmers in Casey County, Kentucky ~ and the Old Order Mennonite & Amish Communities ~ located in the scenic Knobs Region and agricultural heart of Kentucky.

Monday, April 18, 2011

2nd Annual KY Haiti Benefit Auction: Liberty, KY, April 29-30, 2011

Liberty, KY—The 2nd Annual Kentucky Haiti Benefit Auction, sponsored by the Old Order Mennonite and Amish communities from in and around Casey County, Kentucky, will be held on Friday evening April 29th starting at 4:30pm (Eastern Time) and on Saturday, April 30th from 7:00am throughout the day. The benefit auction will take place—rain or shine—at the Central Kentucky Agriculture-Exposition Center [aka Central Kentucky AG/Expo Center]. Located on Highway 127 south of Liberty in Kentucky’s southcentral scenic Knobs region, Casey County’s AG/Expo Center is within two hours of most Kentucky locations and features ample parking and a large 70,000 square foot covered, and recently walled, arena space.

On Friday evening there will be an auction preview as well as an auction of small livestock, crafts, tools and more. A full buffet supper featuring a whole hog BBQ, homemade sides and desserts is available before the auction, from 4:30-6pm on Friday—with the auction beginning at 6pm—and breakfast will be available from 7:00am on Saturday before the auction begins at 9:00am. 

Several dozen handmade Old Order Mennonite and Amish quilts and furniture items will be auctioned on Saturday, as well as a wide variety of donated items from within the community and general public to likely include all manner of tools, lawn mowers, garden tools and sheds, new tack, bicycles, furniture, housewares, quilts, cookware, crafts, and collectibles. Throughout the day there will be snacks, ice cream, homemade pretzels, produce and baked goods available for sale. A full lunch menu on Saturday includes BBQ chicken––made with a popular and secret marinade and sauce recipe––cheeseburgers, hotdogs, salad, soups, fries, pies, baked goods and more. A bake sale of delicious and quite affordable homemade baked goods from the Mennonite and Amish community—including pies, cakes, cookies, bread, rolls and other items—will be held Friday evening and again on Saturday.

The Kentucky Haiti Benefit Auction is Kentucky’s first such auction and is now an annual event held the last weekend of April (on Friday evening and all day Saturday) at Liberty’s AG/EXPO Center. The committee was encouraged by last year’s response and is hopeful that the event will continue to grow each year. $70,000 was raised at the 2010 auction for various Haiti missions including Christian Aid Ministries and 100% of all auction proceeds were donated. While the first Kentucky auction was organized soon after the devastating Haiti earthquake in 2010, the Mennonite and Amish communities have a long history of contributing aid to Haiti-based missions, according to Albert Shirk, one of the organizers. This cooperative effort of churches and individuals brings relief to the hungry, the sick and homeless of Haiti and is given to its people without regard to race, religion, color or creed. Other Mennonite-sponsored relief sales and auctions in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Florida and Indiana––which will have their 30th Haiti benefit auction in 2011––also support these missions.
Donations of saleable items and gifts-in-kind—including furniture and crafts, tools, garden items, flowers, plants, baked goods or whatever else that is either new or of good value—are most welcome and can be accepted in advance (contact Albert or Jonathan Shirk at 606-787-1748) or on the day of the sale. Monetary donations are also welcome to help support the Haiti Missions as well as the operating expenses of the Kentucky Haiti Benefit Auction—for cost of food, advertising, mailings and other––as these costs are entirely voluntary on behalf of those involved. Representatives of the various Haiti missions will also be on hand during the auction for questions.

NOTE: Cameras or television crews and photographers/reporters are quite welcome and encouraged to be at the auction. The Old Order Mennonite and Amish communities do not mind being in candid or larger crowd shots and just kindly request that they not be asked to pose for cameras.

·      Albert or Jonathan Shirk: 606-787-1748 (work)
·      Matt Martin, publicity: 606-706-6319 (cell)
·      Catherine Pond, Internet/email: 606-871-9644 (home),,


Thank you in advance for your interest and support ~