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Winesburg Fall Gathering is touching and purposeful

The 22nd annual Winesburg Fall Gathering that will take place Saturday, Sept. 16 will once again serve as a fantastic way to usher the seasons from summer to fall, and as always it promises to be a fun-filled day with plenty of things to do.

Dave Mast

How important is the upcoming Winesburg Fall Gathering that will take place Saturday, Sept. 16? The annual event raises funds for families in need, and last year the gathering raised $110,000, which benefited 74 families who were facing medical hardships.
 
But what continues to make this gathering so touching and purposeful is the way people continue to give. According to auction committee chair Tim Hostetler, the stories that arise from families showing their gratitude pour in year after year, and last year was no different.
 
Hostetler shared the story of Troy and Lisa, a couple from Ontario who visited Winesburg more than a decade ago and fell in love with the community. They have since volunteered to operate the silent auction.
 
Hostetler said the auction committee knew Troy and Lisa were facing some medical hardships last year, so they decided to give them $1,500 even though the committee normally reserves its funds for area families in need. Hostetler said the way God works through giving can be amazing.
 
“After we sent them the check, Lisa called and said they could not accept it because they know that the money is usually reserved for area families,” Hostetler said. “She was adamant about returning it, so they did.”
 
What makes the story inspirational is that the returned check then went to a local Holmes County family who had recently lost a husband and a father of three in an accident.
 
“We had already given out all of our funds and didn’t have any left when that accident arose,” Hostetler said. “When Troy and Lisa returned that money, it provided funds for that area family in need. They were so pleased that they were able to help that family, and they even added to it.”
 
Hostetler said giving out funds is both rewarding and heart-aching because the committee sees how much pain and need there is for the families they are helping.
 
“It is incredibly awesome to watch people here give because they care so much about others,” Hostetler said. “And to present families with checks, it is at times very difficult, yet they are so incredibly appreciative that you understand what an important role this event is in aiding families in need.”
 
This year’s Fall Gathering will be its 22nd annual, and it will follow in the footsteps of all of the other tried and true Winesburg gatherings.
 
The auction at Heritage Park will kick off at 2 p.m. while the silent auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. There will again be live music on the porch with yard sales and vendors lining state Route 62 through the heart of Winesburg.
 
There will be plenty of food including the always popular ham and bean soup, which by itself is a treat worth making the trip to Winesburg. In addition local Amish schools will conduct a bake sale and provide a food stand, and there will be an enormous raffle featuring all kinds of donated items.
 
Five area schools are selling tickets for the raffle, and at the end the schools will be presented with a pizza party with the school selling the most tickets receiving an ice cream party. All of the money from the raffle will go directly to the Winesburg Fall Gathering fund.
 
The auction will again feature loads of great items including a 32-by-48-foot garage/shop, five hardwood bedroom sets, a quartersawn oak bed with matching nightstands, poly lawn furniture, three new battery bicycles, tools, a pressure washer, a complete 4,000-watt off-grid Solar system installed, a trip for two to Florida on Pioneer Trails, two meals for 52 weeks at Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen, a hunting trip for five, and many more items ranging from less expensive items to high-end products.
 
The dining room sets will sell at 2:30 p.m., the bedroom suits hit the auction block at 3 p.m., the building will go up for bid at 3:30 p.m. with quilts and throws at 4 p.m., and the poly furniture will go at 4:30 p.m.
 
“We continue to get a great deal of support from the local community and area businesses who donate to this cause so generously year after year,” Hostetler said. “Our community is incredible when it comes to giving.”
 

Published: September 6, 2017
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