Come to the Benefit hungry and enjoy nearly 20 food and beverage booths including pulled pork sandwiches, haystacks, pancakes and sausage, trail bologna and cheese, homemade noodles, pie, baked goods, strawberry shortcake, French fries and much more! Plan to eat at the Benefit Friday evening and all day Saturday and take some goodies home for later.

The highlight of the sale is the main auction of premium quilts and handmade wood items that begins on Saturday at 9 a.m. in the Orville Spangler Arena. This is the largest quilt auction in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. Quality handcrafted quilts and wall hangings in a wide variety of sizes and colors are donated annually by area Mennonite and Amish churches, other supporting churches, individual quilters, and area quilt guilds. A Preview Night mini auction will take place Friday at 7 p.m. along with a Silent Auction of jewelry, gift certificates and other smaller items on Friday from 4:30-8:00 p.m. Auction by Robert Frey, licensed auctioneer, state of Ohio

Shop the various areas for artisan pottery, baked goods, trail bologna, cheese, and homemade noodles.  Come and see the pottery wheel turning and other artists at work.

Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit program of MCC that creates vital, fair market income for 30,000 artisans in 33 developing nations by marketing their crafts in the U.S. and Canada. Items for sale include baskets, figurines, jewelry, toys, rugs, wooden ware, tote bags and Christmas items.

Children's Activities
A wide variety of children’s games, activities and entertainment will be offered during Black Swamp Benefit. Children can learn how a real auction works during the children’s auction at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. While some activities are pure fun, others help youngsters understand the importance of helping those in need.

My Coins Count
Bring your loose change and see how small contributions from many people add up to make a big difference in the lives of those in need. Thanks to local matching donors, we are able to double most of the dollars raised in this year’s My Coins Count. Proceeds will be used for water projects around the world. Collection jugs are available by calling 419-335-3763.

Bullfrog 5K Run/Walk
Serious racers and casual walkers are both invited to participate in the 10th Annual Bullfrog 5K Run/Walk. All the fun starts at the fairgrounds grandstand at 7:30 a.m. The course winds its way through the fairgrounds and down County Road J before returning to the grandstand. Awards will be given to overall male and female winners, master’s class (40+) winners and in various age groups. Registration forms are available online at or by calling 419-335-3763.

Corn Hole Tournament
New at the 2017 Black Swamp Benefit will be a cornhole tournament.

Auction performed by Robert Frey, licensed auctioneer, State of Ohio.
Black Swamp Benefit - Supporting the work of MCC & Sunshine Communities