On Saturday, October 1, 2022, Nashville United Methodist Church will host its 50th FallFare event on the Village Green, at the corner of Main and Jefferson Streets in downtown Nashville, Indiana. The hours are from 9 AM to 3 PM and will proceed rain or shine.
This year’s event features 12 booths, each selling items made and collected by church members. The annual fundraising event for the church’s outreach typically raises over $10,000 to provide financial support for local, state and international mission efforts.
The first FallFare occurred in 1972 when a group of church members decided to sell craft items to replace the church pews. After replacing the pews, the tradition grew and continued every October shifting its focus to help non-profit organizations. Even during COVID in 2020, FallFare raised $11,000 with virtual sales.
The theme for Fallfare is “Every FallFare dollar goes to someone in need” and the effort supports 25-30 local, state and international organizations. Local groups include that regularly receive funds include Mother’s Cupboard, Habitat for Humanity, Access Brown County, Scouts, God’s Grace, Weekend Backpack Program and Turning Point Domestic Violence Services among others. At the state and international level, FallFare supports the Lebanon Children’s Home, UMCOR Disaster Relief, and Mission Guatamala.
A few of the highlights at this year’s FallFare include:
- The Puzzle Store – our newest booth sells high quality, gently used puzzles
- My, Oh My, We Luv Pie – homemade pies made by church members and sold whole or by the slice
- We Made It – locally handcrafted items from knitters, quilters and woodworkers
- Nature’s Bounty – freshly picked apples, pumpkins, gourds, dried herbs, candied pickles and fruit jellies harvested from local gardens
- Adopt- A-Pot – indoor/outdoor plants and other gift items in creative pots
- Art and Silent Auction – local fine art, themed baskets, and local restaurant gift cards sold to the highest bidder and distributed at 3 pm
- Book Nook – hundreds of hardback, paperback and children’s book titles
- Boutique – gently used jewelry, hats, scarves, belts and purses
- Unexpected Treasures – bargains on gently used furniture, lamps, kitchen items, draperies, tools, and sports equipment
- Village Cafe – warm casserole and biscuits and gravy for breakfast and cold drinks and hot sandwiches for lunch served by Scout Troop 190
- Baked Goods – served by Brown County’s Girl Scout Troops
- Live music – on the Village Green from local musicians