BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Hundreds of families in central Oregon woke up early Saturday morning to participate in the Day of the Lord’s Acre at Powell Butte Christian Church. It’s a tradition that’s been going on for 75 years, with activities that make everyone smile, despite the cool, cloudy weather.
The tradition originated in 1947 from an article in a church magazine that pointed the finger at South Carolina farmers who had decided that every family would give the yield of an acre to the work of the Lord. In Powell Butte, it started as a fundraiser for a church building, raising nearly $6,000 in the first year.
One of the most famous visitors to the event took place in 1959, when John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie attended before his successful bid for the White House in 1960.
This year, as always, the morning started with the essentials, a hot cup of coffee, as well as registration for the race – and lots of tasty pies for sale. Visitors also enjoy a concert, a large barbecue lunch and a country auction. You also can’t forget the 19th Annual 10k Run/5k Walk.
Kelsey McGee speaks with families to see how they are enjoying the day. His report will be on NewsChannel 21 at Six.
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