When the doors open to the 29th annual Harvest of
Talents for World Hunger, on Oct. 27 at 7 a.m., the
event will include Harvest Fare, an area of the
Harvest which in the past bore no official name.
years the area has existed between the canopy
entrance to the Lincoln Christian Church Fellowship
Center and the parking lot. The name was officially
chosen on recommendation of Tim Becke, Harvest
Ministry Team member who oversees the outside area.
The 2012 version of Harvest Fare will include the
ever-popular deep-fried potato chips, from both
white and sweet potatoes; walking tacos, prepared
and served by the staff of International Disaster
Emergency Service, which receives the proceeds from
the Harvest of Talents; Lincolnberry Prairie Café,
featuring flavored coffees, scones and a variety of
snacks, along with brisket and maple ham sandwiches;
and the Potting Shed, a new booth offering a variety
of plants and bulbs.
Becke commented, "We are anticipating new booths to
be added to Harvest Fare in celebration of next
year's 30th annual Harvest."
Craft areas in the Fellowship Center will feature
hundreds of handmade items, many one-of-a-kind.
Special areas include Yesteryear's Kitchen, with
hundreds of jars of jams and jellies and a wide
variety of baked goods; the Christmas Nook; Cottage
Collectibles, with repurposed and shabby chic items;
and Critters in the Garden. Other areas featuring
goods and services are Ye Olde Sweet Shop, Blings 'n
Things, Origami Creations, and henna designs and
face painting. Gifts From Around the World will
offer a wide variety of items from countries around
the world, some of which have been the recipient of
Harvest funds in past years.
Breakfast of homemade cinnamon and caramel pecan
rolls will be served from 7 until 10 a.m. The
luncheon menu includes homemade vegetable soup,
barbecue sandwiches and homemade pies. Snacks will
be available in Harvest Fare for Harvest shoppers or
for those who just drop by Harvest Fare for tasty
A 5K Harvest Run and one-mile fun run-walk will be
hosted by the local YMCA and sponsored by several
local business. The run will begin at 8:30 a.m. at
the corner of Pekin and Hamilton streets. Early
registrations are being accepted at the local YMCA
office. For more information, contact the YMCA at
217-735-1915 or 800-282-3520, or visit
In keeping with the Harvest's desire to be
family-oriented, there will be special activities
for children from 9 to 11 .a.m.
Auctions are a highlight of the Harvest of Talents for World Hunger,
and this year there will be four. In the morning hours there will be
two silent auctions in the Fellowship Center and one in Harvest
Fare. The official Harvest Auction will begin at 2 p.m. Mike Maske
Auction will be in charge of the sale, which will offer unique
handmade quilts, fine needlework, woodworking, photography,
repurposed pieces, small furniture and many one-of-a-kind items.
The items offered for sale on Harvest Day include a wide variety of
quality handmade items suitable for gift-giving for birthdays, new
arrivals and Christmas.
Every penny raised at the Harvest is used to meet hunger needs
worldwide. No administrative costs are deducted. All proceeds from
the Harvest of Talents will be channeled by International Disaster
Emergency Service, a Kempton, Ind.-based Christian organization, to
hunger victims worldwide.
The Harvest of Talents originated at Lincoln Christian Church in
1984. In the first 28 years, Lincoln's Harvest of Talents for World
Hunger raised $1,636,092.89 to provide food for the hungry in 21
countries, including the U.S. This year the Lincoln church is joined
in its mission by churches in Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas
and Illinois. The public is cordially invited to attend. Lots of
parking space is available, the facilities are
handicapped-accessible, and carryouts are available.
The next day all funds raised will be presented to International
Disaster Emergency Service at a 10 a.m. Sunday celebration service
open to the public in the chapel of Lincoln Christian University.
For more information, call 732-7618, email email@example.com
or visit www.ides.org/harvestoftalents.html.