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The Ferrum Church of the Brethren displays arts and crafts at a recent Lord’s Acre Sale. The 50th annual event will be Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Franklin County High School parking lot. More than 20 churches will be selling crafts and foods throughout the day.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The Lord's Acre Sale will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with its annual festivities taking place Saturday, Oct. 19 in the Franklin County High School parking lot.
More than 20 churches will set up booths, where crafts and homemade foods will be sold as a fundraiser for the churches.
"The Lord's Acre Sale has been a Franklin County tradition for 50 years," said Carolyn Saul, president.
"It's not just about raising funds, it's about the fellowship of churches and doing good things for the community."
The Lord's Acre Sale was established in 1963 by Rev. Richard Hamblin.
"Rev. Hamblin had heard about similar events taking place in other areas, and thought it would be a good way to raise funds for a hospital chaplain," said Saul. "He thought it would be a way for citizens to get together and fellowship with one another while helping the community."
Saul said Floyd Anderson has been the auctioneer for the sale since the very beginning, and will be retiring this year.
"There was a time when livestock would be auctioned off," said Saul. "Now, area businesses donate items for auction."
Saul said participation in the sale has greatly declined over the years as participating church members have aged and some churches have found other ways to raise money.
"At one time there were over 70 churches participating in the sale," said Saul. "The parking lot at the high school used to be packed every year and cars would be lined up and down the streets."
The first Lord's Acre Sale took place in 1964 at the old fairgrounds behind the Lane Company.
It began with a parade, followed by a religious ceremony, booth sales, lunch and an auction.
The event, which saw 17 churches participating that year, lasted an entire weekend.
This year, devotions start at 7 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the sale at 8 a.m. The annual auction begins at noon with all festivities ending around 2 p.m.
Area churches will be selling homemade crafts, breakfast and lunch plates and baked goods.
Proceeds from the sale go to the individual churches for missions, building projects and other expenses. Each booth will sell drinks and water with those proceeds going to local food banks.
Auction proceeds will benefit local fire and rescue teams.
Admission to the Lord's Acre Sale is free.
Representatives of area churches that are interested in participating in the 2014 Lord's Acre Sale are invited to contact Saul at (540) 352-8856 for information and answers to questions.
"This is a time when churches of all denominations can put aside whatever differences they may have and come together and enjoy each others food and company," said Saul. "It is a fellowship, a family. It would be sad to see this tradition end."