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Summer Celebration 2023

August 4, 2023 - August 5, 2023

Join us in Archbold, OH on August 4 & 5, 2023 for our annual Summer Celebration!


Friday, August 4

2:30-4:30 PM Tour Rufenacht Farms

Sauder Heritage Inn, 22611 OH-2, Archbold, OH 43502

Visit the farming operation of local Growing Project leaders Jim and Cork Rufenacht and family. Buses to Rufenacht Farms will be departing from the Sauder Heritage Inn every 20-30 minutes beginning at 2:30.  The last bus will return to the Inn around 4:30.

5:30-7 PM Burger Bash

Ruihley Park Pavilion, 401 W Holland St., Archbold, OH 43502

Join us for a delicious meal of hamburgers, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, and ice cream.  The Burger Bash is the local Growing Project’s annual fundraising event for Growing Hope Globally, usually held the Sunday after Mother’s Day and they know how to cook a mean burger!  This year they are having a bonus Burger Bash to welcome all of us to Archbold!  Join in the fun!  Freewill offering will be accepted.

7-7:15 PM Introduction to Growing Hope Globally 

Ruihley Park Pavilion, 401 W Holland St., Archbold, OH 43502

New to Growing Hope Globally?  We’ll share a short overview of who we are and what we are doing together with communities across the U.S. to grow lasting solutions to hunger!

7:15-8:30 PM Magic Show

Ruihley Park Pavilion, 401 W Holland St., Archbold, OH 43502

Join us for an entertaining performance by comedy magician Jim Barron from nearby Fort Wayne. Bring a lawn chair or blanket if possible.  Weather permitting, we’ll be outside.

Saturday, August 5

9 AM-3 PM Summer Celebration

West Clinton Mennonite Church, 18029 County Rd. C, Wauseon, OH 43567

Come and celebrate with us! The program will include a time of worship, fellowship and updates from our local and global partners. This event is free, but a freewill offering will be accepted at lunch time.  Join us in celebrating lasting solutions to hunger!



We have reserved a block of rooms at the Sauder Heritage Inn located at 22611 OH-2, Archbold, OH 43502.  Book by June 20 to receive the special rate of $102 Wednesday-Thursday /$120 Friday-Saturday.  There is also a campground available for $31-57/night depending on hook up requirements. To reserve your room or camping spot call 1-800-590-9755 and mention the Growing Hope Globally block of rooms and booking ID#1071.  Book early to ensure availability!

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

David L. Geringer P.E.        Equal Exchange        Nofziger Trucking     

Short Agency        Thrivent        Winzeler & Bok