With a catfish fry provided by Genesis Express, Friday April 14 was a festive evening indeed. For small items, Mike Bryan served as auctioneer for a spirited live sale. For a time, it appeared there was little he would not sell, with baked goods, a child’s fishing rod with casting reel, toys, crafts that had decorated the jamboree. It all sold, with some items inciting heated bidding wars with his breakneck cadence of requests for higher bids.
Auction patron Ginger Birdsong, sitting quietly in the back awaited the main event, the radio auction with some of the week’s biggest events. “You never know what they will bring out at the last minute.” A few years ago, she was able to purchase a new kitchen table for her home. This year, she said, her eye was on gift certificates.
She felt she had a personal stake in the success of the auction. Her niece Miranda is rewarded for her studies with a $1000 scholarship from Rotary. This contribution will be continued as long as she maintains her grades, and remains in college.
Gift certificates gave way to a stylish pair of Nike shades, which she thought would make her husband look especially dapper. The sunglasses had a retail value of $120. In another exchange of bids, she was leading the race at $65.
At the start of the night, the all-time high mark for a winning bid for the event was $4000. Walter Edge of Memphis paid $4000 for a guided turkey hunt to be televised this fall.
Another bid that exceeded the retail price was $1000 for a “houseboat excursion.”
Rotary Secretary Sandra Myers said that many people do not come looking for bargains, but to give back to the community. The $1000 houseboat excursion she felt was “Bought in the Spirit of Rotary.”
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