January 19, 2018
The bidding was fast and furious on a near-record attendance day at the Fort Wayne Farm Show on Jan 17. The auction involved real money and items donated by exhibitors at the show to support Indiana FFA.
A similar auction was held on the first day of the show, Jan. 16. Held in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum each year, the show draws thousands of people over its three-day run to see hundreds of exhibitors spread out in large exposition halls.
One feature every year is the benefit auction for Indiana FFA, held on the first two days of the show. Schrader Real Estate and Auction Co., Columbia City, Ind., conducts the auction each year. The second day’s auction drew more than a hundred bidders, including absentee and even phoned-in, live cellphone bids. Raising money for Indiana FFA is serious business!
While a final total on the amount of money raised isn’t available, Lisa Chaudion, executive director of the Indiana FFA Foundation Board, says the auction was successful. Both donors and bidders were very generous, she adds. Some 100 items ranging from decorative candles to a set of Titan tires for a skid-steer loader were auctioned off on the second day.
Among the most popular items was a Case IH pedal tractor that sold for $250, and several collectible toy tractor and implement sets; many were donated by Zurcher’s Best-One Tire and Auto Care, a Firestone dealer in Monroe, Ind.
“We were fortunate to have all seven Indiana state FFA officers here this year to assist with the auction,” Chaudion says. Other adult supporters helped as well. Wyatt Law, a state FFA officer, helped whip up the bidding by riding the pedal tractor across the auction ring.
“The crowd really got excited when he fell off backward,” says a fellow state officer. Anything to raise money for Indiana FFA!
Check out the slideshow to see photos from the auction.
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