If you're headed to the Farm Progress Show today, or if you're going tomorrow, on Wednesday, plan to visit the Titan Tire booth around 1 p.m. CDT. There will be a live auction, the only one that happens during the Farm Progress Show. And the proceeds benefit the state FFA Associations in both Indiana and Illinois.
This long-standing partnership between Titan Tire and the FFA dates back several years. When the show went to all three states, including Iowa and Indiana, there was an auction in each state. This year, since the show is back in Decatur, Ill., the Indiana FFA and Illinois FFA will split the proceeds. Next year, when the show returns to Boone, Iowa, the sale benefits will help the Iowa FFA Association.
It's not all free gratis, however. State officers from both states will be at the show and at the sale. They will help move tires and assist at the auction. A professional auctioneering firm conducts the auction. It's a real auction with real money, and if you get a bargain, it's yours.
Titan donates a large number of tires of nearly all size ranges- everything from ATV to combine tires. The company attempts to split the free inventory offered between Tuesday and Wednesday so that bidders each day have an opportunity to bid on and take home a variety of tires.
One job of the FFA officers is to ask other companies for other items that could be included in the auction. You never know what might be on the block, form toy tractors to bags of seed. The final list of products offered won't be known until shortly before the auction begins.
New this year is a different plan to assist those who buy tires get them off the grounds and on their way home in a more orderly manner than expecting them to drive into the booth, or haul the tires out. Instructions on the improved system for getting tires off the lot to rightful new owners will be discussed before the auction begins.
So if you're in need of tires, here's a place to do your tire shopping. And while you're likely to snag a bargain, you will be helping FFA students in both Indiana and Illinois at the same time.