Riverside 5K & Quilt Day

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Saturday, August 7, 2021

Join us for this year's 5K and Quilt Auction day on Saturday, August 7, 2021! It's sure to be an AWESOME day at camp!

As of July 28, we have decided to make some changes to our Quilt Auction out of an abundance of care and concern for those who may choose to attend in-person!


We want to thank you ahead of time for your understanding as this was a difficult decision for our team to make. However, we felt with the escalating concern regarding the Delta variant, and because the storms two weeks ago destroyed our tent that would have served as our outdoor venue, we determined that moving forward with the live auction, not being certain of good in-person attendance, was too risky. With so many beautiful quilts, we want to make sure the widest audience of participants possible would have the ability to participate and bid. Low attendance at the live auction could compromise that effort and perhaps could lower bidding on the quilts reserved for the live auction.

WE WILL STILL HAVE ALL THE QUILTS AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING IN THE CHAPEL and all other events of the day are proceeding as planned! See below for the amended timeline for the day.

We are still so very excited to celebrate Riverside all day long with so many fun events planned for the day! If you didn't know, our 5K & Quilt Day event raises funds for Riverside's general fund, which helps ensure that all campers, regardless of financial situation, are able to come to camp. You can register to walk or run in our 5K (day-of registration available and online registration available here), enjoy lunch, and even take a swim in our pool!


Our online quilt auction last year was a surprise success - we knew our quilts were spectacular but having never held this event all online, we just didn't know what to expect. What we found out was:  


  1. On online quilt auction is REALLY a lot of fun!

  2. The online platform opens for bidding the Monday before the day of our big event - this year, the quilts and bidding will open up at noon on Monday, August 2.

  3. Online bidding allows EVERYONE who loves Riverside, regardless of where they live, to participate. It was so great to have so many quilts be won by Riverside partners all over the country last year. What fun to ship quilts all over the country last year when our online quilt auction concluded. Even with fewer quilts in 2020, our individual quilt bids were higher on average than years when all quilts were auctioned live.

  4. Instructions for bidding online can be found right here! Check it out and be ready to start bidding on Monday.

  5. Does online bidding sound difficult? It is really quite simple BUT we also know that there may be some Riverside supporters who just don't feel confident about attempting it. Please, come to camp on Saturday, August 7 - we have 70+ tech-savvy summer staffers ready to partner with any person who would like some assistance with online bidding.

Make plans to join us for this incredibly fun day, all supporting God's continued work here at His camp! 


Monday, August 2

Online auction bidding begins at noon!

Friday, August 6

5-7:30pm Live viewing of all quilts in the Chapel (cookies, lemonade, and coffee served!)

Saturday, August 7

7:30-8:15am     5K Walk/Run Registration and Check-In

8:30am             Riverside 5K Walk/Run with snacks/beverages to follow

8:30-12:30pm   Chapel open to view quilts and place online auction bids 

9:30-10:30am   Riverside Pool will be open for 5K participants!

10:30am           Outdoor Worship on Main Camp

11:15-12:30      Live Music outside on Main Camp

                         Riverside Pool open for families who LOVE Riverside!

11:30-12:30pm Lunch served in the Dining Hall (free-will offering)

  • Grab-and-go meals available

  • Dine on our Dining Hall patio or anyplace on Main Camp

  • Choose a table in our Dining Hall to enjoy your lunch

1:00pm  Online auction begins to close (with over 190 items in our auction, this may take a while)

2:30pm  Pool Closes

**As the auction begins to close, every bidder will still have the opportunity to bid higher until there are no more bids. Once 1:00pm arrives, the items will begin to close (not simultaneously) in numerical order. Once an item approaches close, it allows for two minutes for someone to outbid the highest bidder. This will continue until two minutes passes without any further bids. This was our favorite part of the auction in 2020!

COVID PRECAUTIONS: Our mitigation strategies in place are intended to reduce risk knowing fully that there is no way to eliminate risk. We will strongly encourage adults to mask when entering buildings on camp (of course, may be removed at the dining tables). 

RECAP OF our 2020 annual 5k & Quilt Day 

Our 2020 5k and Quilt Day looked a little different, as you could expect.  We're thankful for so many who donated quilts and participated in our online bidding, as well as joined us for grab-and-go meals.  In the end, after all the bids and payments were settled, the quilts alone brought in $22,635 to the ministry of Riverside Bible Camp! 

SPECIAL THANKS for our 2020 day GOES OUT TO: 

  • Whitaker Marketing

  • Woodland Farms

  • Martin Brothers

  • Barbara Schendel

  • Betty Grinde

  • Our terrific year-round and small summer 2020 staff at Riverside

  • All of our dedicated quilters

  • All participants who hopped on and gave this new format for the Quilt Auction a try - we are grateful!