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Hundreds take part in Lord’s Acre Day at Powell Butte Christian Church, a family tradition since 1947

Hundreds take part in Lord’s Acre Day at Powell Butte Christian Church, a family tradition since 1947

(Update: Adding video, comments from event chairman)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Hundreds of Central Oregon families woke up early Saturday morning to take part in the Lord’s Acre Day at Powell Butte Christian Church. It’s a tradition that’s been going strong for 75 years, with activities that bring a smile to everyone’s faces, despite the chilly, cloudy weather.

The tradition was born in 1947 from an article in a church magazine that pointed to South Carolina farmers who decided each family would donate the yield from one acre to the Lord’s work. In Powell Butte, it began as a fundraiser for a church building, raising nearly $6,000 that first year.

” My grandfather was the first minister here,” Lord Acre Day Chairman, Clay Penhollow said Saturday. “He helped a lot with the old time farmers to get the event started, and their wives. My grandmother made the pies, and made the candies, and those things. It’s about a sixth generation event for us.” 

One of the most famous of many visitors to the event was in 1959, when John F. Kennedy and wife Jackie were on hand before his successful 1960 bid for the White House.

This year, as always, the morning started off with the essentials, a warm cup of coffee, along with race registration — and plenty of tasty pies for sale. Visitors are also enjoying a concert, a big barbecue lunch and a country auction. You also can’t forget about the 19th annual 10K run/5K walk.

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