Revving up interest: Harvest of Talents continues to grow, adds car show

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Rick Jett, executive director of International Disaster Emergency Service, says a prayer prior to the live auction at the 2017 Harvest of Talents at Fortville Christian Church Saturday, Sept. 9. The local event raised $10,000 for the relief agency, which is headquartered in Noblesville and has five focus areas: evangelism, disasater response, hunger relief, development and sustainabiltiy, and medical care.

FORTVILLE — More attractions, more visitors, more hungry people fed.

Organizers of the third Harvest of Talents hope a car show will attract even more visitors to the annual arts, crafts and food festival that raises money to feed hungry people around the world.

“We’re hoping … it will draw some more people in,” said organizer Brenda Ayers.

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Those planning this year’s event, scheduled for Sept. 7, are already gathering items for the sale and the auction.

There are home decor items, Christmas decorations, furniture, Indiana Pacers basketball tickets, mums and more.

Organizers encouraged gardeners to plant extra so as to offer canned vegetables or jellies.

Organizers are also spreading the word at other auto events about the car show.

This year an auctioneer will offer his services at the auction, and Ayers said he plans to promote the event to those who follow his auctions.

The quest to gather items and spread the word is spurred on by a desire to help feed hungry people around the world.

All proceeds from the event will go to International Disaster Emergency Service, a Noblesville-based ministry offering feeding programs and disaster relief in various countries.

Money from Harvest of Talents events conducted at Fortville Christian Church and six other churches helps fund regular feeding programs at 10 missions in Haiti, India, Kenya, Myanmar and Tanzania.

In 2017 IDES provided more than 1.6 million pounds of rice, corn and beans for hungry families around the world.

“We know where it goes,” said Evelyn Brown, a member of the church. “It feeds a lot of kids.”

Fortville Christian members used to help make items for Harvest of Talents elsewhere before having the first such event in Fortville in 2017.

It raised $11,300. Last year, the local Harvest of Talents happened amid a downpour, but it still raised about $10,475.

This year, organizers of the Fortville event are hoping for good weather, interest in the car show, and some visitors to stop by coming or going to the Pendleton Fall Creek Heritage Fair.

Until then, the planning and making continue.

“We have a great team,” Ayers said.

“Everyone has their own project and runs with it,” Brown said.

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The third annual Harvest of Talents fundraiser is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 at Fortville Christian Church, 9450 N. County Road 200W.

Decor, furniture and other items will be for sale. Live and silent auctions are also planned.

Breakfast will be available at 9 a.m. and lunch at 11:30 a.m.

Car show registration runs from 9 a.m. to noon, with awards given at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $20. Deadline is Aug. 30.

Information: 317-485-4934; www.fortvillechristian.com

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