Harvest Festival and Quilt Auction Sept. 22 a chance to support BYS and have fun

Thursday, September 20, 2007
From left, Melinda Beeler, information specialist and director of business operations at Butterfield Youth Services, and Ellie Butterfield display the quilt that will be raffled off as part of the annual BYS Harvest Festival and Quilt Auction. The event is one of several regular fundraisers that support BYS. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

The tangy aroma of fresh apple cider will fill the air just outside Marshall Saturday, Sept. 22, as Butterfield Youth Services hosts its annual Harvest Festival and Quilt Auction.

The fundraiser has a long tradition -- going back more than four decades -- and serves as one of the markers that autumn is beginning in Saline County.

The event not only attracts local friends of BYS but often past students visit, too, making it a kind of homecoming event.

The quilt auction this year will include 27 quilts, according to Ellie Butterfield, plus a number of other fun items. The quilts will be on display prior to the auction.

As always, the event will feature a pumpkin patch, fresh cider, craft booths, a children's art exhibit and tours of the BYS Center on Butterfield Ranch Road (also known as Route WW) just southeast of Marshall.

A barbecue ham lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the quilt auction will start at 1 p.m.

"We're just hoping we have a good turnout," Butterfield said. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the children's programs at BYS.

For more information, contact Butterfield or Matt Van Vactor at (660) 886-2253.

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