Last year microwave potato bakers were the surprise item; this year it was the baked goods. They arrived in the morning. They arrived in the early afternoon. They arrived in the late afternoon. All told, the count exceeded 400 items baked by LaGrange County bakers. (Not to mention the 675 individual slices of pie donated for haystack desserts.)
And, what did those who attended the LaGrange County Habitat for Humanity auction on Aug. 2 do? They did their part as well, putting their money in the donation box and then eating up all those goodies. The baked goods were, in the words of Habitat Executive Director Mont Arnold, “Just colossal.”
More than 675 people ate haystack dinners. The highest bid on a quilt was $850, the used car sold for $2,250, and the buggy was purchased for $6,000.
“We had a great crowd, a larger crowd than usual,” Arnold stated. “This is an example of countless people in our community working together to help local people who face housing needs.”
County auctioneers did the calling, and the Shipshewana Auction Barn again donated the use of their facility. Setup and cleanup were handled by New Life Fellowship and LaGrange Church of God.
Two partner families who will be future LCHFH homeowners were also on hand to pitch in: Josh and Noreen Miller worked cleanup in the cook wagon (think of crowd-sized pans emptied of cheese sauce, taco meat, and rice), and Bill Dingley sold fried pies and then helped to tear down the quilt racks. Sweat equity hours are accumulating.
Both shifts of the haystack supper were dished up by the Brighton Chapel Youth Group, and the ice cream machine was “womaned” by Girl Scout Troop 00342, led by Kellie Wetzel, LCHFH partner family #19.
“This is another of our community service projects,” Wetzel explained. “We have also volunteered for the LaGrange Animal Shelter.” The troop is a multi-age group, including Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadets.
The troop covered all facets of the ice cream sales – taking orders, “coning” the ice cream, and making change for the sales. “Oh, and we did eat some, too,” Wetzel joked.