Fairgrounds to host Black Swamp Benefit

Staff report

The Annual Black Swamp Benefit, a 16-year tradition featuring quilts, two wooden motorcycles, a 5K run, and fried pies, returns to the Fulton County fairgrounds June 16-17.

Hours for the free, family-oriented event are Friday from 4-9 p.m. Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The event will feature the auction of at least 70 quilts, including the featured quilt, Snake River, created by Ella Bazzy of Bluffton, a regular contributor to the benefit. The auction begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, and will include intricately-stitched pieces either generations old or newly-sewn by donors from around Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. The quilt auction made up the largest portion of the $112,000 raised during last year’s event.

Also to be auctioned are finely-crafted woodwork including a cherry hall table, a roll top desk and other furniture, wooden birds for the yard and garden, puzzles, and two wooden motorcycle rockers for children. Other items include several John Deere equipment models and quality garage sale items.

A new benefit feature will be a cornhole tournament.

Proceeds will be split between Maumee-based Sunshine Communities, which supports people with developmental disabilities, and Goshen-based Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), which is focused on responding to disasters with a focus on world peace.

The event has roots stretching to 1973. It was reintroduced in 2002 at the Fulton County Fairgrounds as the Black Swamp Benefit. Additional information can be obtained at www.blackswampbenefit.org.

Staff report