Dutchfest raises thousands for school


MARION, Pa. - Shalom Christian Academy's Annual Dutchfest on Friday and Saturday enjoyed breezy spring weather and attracted thousands of people with its homemade pies and baked goods, pork barbecue, strawberry pies, french fries, funnel cakes, pizza, ice cream, crab cakes, and many other food items.

The main fund-raiser for the school, which was founded in 1976, Dutchfest also included several specialty auctions and numerous activities for children.

The academy is an independent kindergarten through 12th grade Christian day school. According to the school's Web site, it provides a quality education from a Biblical perspective with an Anabaptist emphasis.

Harry Lehman, chairman of the sale committee for the past six years, said it takes seven months of planning to bring off the event. Proceeds go to the school's general fund.


Lehman, of Chambersburg, Pa., also headed the Heifer Sale Committee. He said that even though the dairy business is in a down turn, "we're happy with the 21 animals we got."

Held Friday evening, the heifer sale, which also includes other farm-related items, brought in $18,000.

Another feature of the Friday auction was the sports memorabilia auction, at which a life-sized cutout of New York Yankee Derek Jeter was offered for sale.

Selling for $50 was a framed Cal Ripken Jr. Wheaties box with the number 2131, commemorating the Baltimore Oriole star playing in his 2,131st consecutive game to break Lou Gehrig's record. According to Mike Shaker, Shalom's director of development, "there are not many of these around. It's an outstanding piece."

A baseball signed by Willie Mays, centerfielder for the New York and San Francisco Giants, sold for $55.

Shaker coordinated the Sports Memorabilia event.

Area Longaberger Basket consultants, parents, grandparents and friends of Shalom donated 53 baskets, Boyds Bears, and pottery to the auction. A 25th anniversary flag basket brought $255.

The quilt sale brought in $19,500 for the school.

Co-chairpersons of the Quilt Committee were Tina Shank of Chambersburg and Marie Oberholzer of Greencastle, Pa. Fifty-six quilts, wall-hangings, afghans, and baby quilts, many made by mothers or grandmothers of Shalom students, were donated.

A highlight of this year's quilt sale were the two original C. Jean Horst appliqud quilts, copyrighted, dated and signed by the Lancaster, Pa. quilt designer. "We buy the top and have it quilted," Oberholzer said.

Horst's "Victorian Basket" quilt sold for $1,600 Saturday afternoon, the highest price for a quilt. Her wall hanging, "Star Bright," went for $650.

Each class sponsors a quilt or wall hanging. The kindergarten students put their hand prints and signatures on large quilt blocks, and the resulting 90-by-108-inch quilt sold for $875 to one of their parents.

Evelyn Hissong of Greencastle stitched a 45-by-55-inch "Amish Days" wall hanging. The center blocks of typical Amish scenes are preprinted, while the outside is pieced. The coordinating fabrics are all in Amish colors.

"The same one last year brought more than $300, and that's what urged me to make another one," Hissong said.

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