Hinkletown Mennonite School (HMS), 272 Wanner Road, Hinkletown (Ephrata), will host its HinkleFEST and Benefit Auction on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13 and 14. The event will take place rain or shine.
The festivities will kick off with the third annual Chicken Chase/Family Fun Run at 4 p.m. All are welcome. Based on their ages, children will run one, two or three laps on the cross-country track. Adults will run four laps, a total of more than 1.5 miles. There is a fee to participate. To preregister, readers may visit http://www.hmsk8.org/Auction. Registrations will also be available on the day of the race. Awards will be presented to the top runners, and all participants will receive a prize.
Children are invited to a showing of the movie "Babe" on Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. On Oct. 14, children's activities will include games, crafts and a bounce house, as well as a barrel train and pony rides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The core of the event is the benefit auction, which is set for Oct. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Oct. 14 beginning at 9 a.m. Bidder registration will open at 8 a.m. Auctioneers Michael J. Martin and John Rutt will sell a wide range of items. Martin and his wife, Cheryl, are former HMS parents.
The Oct. 13 auction will feature homegrown meat, egg and dairy products. Students will contribute to the Oct. 13 auction with fresh eggs from the school chicken project and canned goods from the Middle School Canning Club.
The Oct. 14 auction will have an outdoor theme, and items up for bids will include a lawn tractor, an ATV, and a six-piece patio dining set.
Also available will be gift certificates for experiences such as a zipline tour, a hot air balloon ride, and a climbing/rappelling adventure, as well as certificates for experiences and services such as a dinner for 16 people, a vacation house rental, bed and breakfast/retreat packages, orthodontic services, golf rounds at local courses, dinner theater tickets, and other local entertainment options.
Students also will contribute to the auction. Prekindergarten students will contribute canned apple and pumpkin items they helped to prepare. Elementary classes will offer themed baskets connected to topics they have studied, such as astronomy and wild birds. Middle school students will contribute projects such as prints from the photography club, miniature gardens/terrariums from the gardening club, samples of homemade ice cream from the ice cream club, and a custom-designed bunk bed from the sign and woodworking club. The class projects will be up for bids on Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. and Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
HinkleFEST will include food as well. On Oct. 13, a pork barbecue dinner will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m., with eat-in and drive-through takeout options available. Each meal will include a roast pork sandwich with picnic side dishes, a beverage, and a cake roll. Hot dog meals will also be available. Visitors may also purchase snack items, homemade baked goods, ice cream, and coffeehouse coffee while bidding in the evening auction and previewing Saturday's auction items. On Oct. 14, the food tent offerings will include HMS barbecue chicken, pork barbecue sandwiches, hand-cut french fries, homemade apple dumplings baked fresh that morning, soft ice cream, and specialty coffeehouse beverages.
The HinkleFEST and Benefit Auction is the school's largest community-building event supporting HMS' mission of providing Christ-centered education. For more information, readers may visit http://www.hmsk8.org/Auction or call the school at 717-354-7100.