In the market for a big-screen television? How about a boat, a laptop, a side-by-side refrigerator, a self-propelled snow blower or a window air conditioner? Maybe even a car or a golf cart?
All those items and more will be found Saturday at the 54th Annual Wauseon Rotary Auction at Spangler Arena at the Fulton County Fairgrounds. Rotary President Cabe Cordy said the event will offer practically everything and anything just shy of a kitchen sink.
Beginning at 10 a.m., and for approximately the following 12 hours, the Rotary Club will give the public the opportunity to purchase home and recreation items, a variety of food, countless services, estate sale treasures, and numerous gift certificates. The auction will include a 75,000-BTU room heater, storm doors, a storage shed, overnight hotel stays, a crossbow with scope, veterinary services, car washes, a Schwinn bicycle, and fitness memberships.
A silent auction will offer Detroit Tigers and Toledo Mud Hens tickets and golfing, among other items.
There will also be plenty of toys and grab bags to buy, and a diamond giveaway. Raffles will be held for guns and a Yeti cooler, among other items.
And there will be food to munch on – ribeye sandwiches, shredded chicken, chili, pizza, hot dogs, and homemade pies.
A majority of the event’s proceeds – which could total an estimated $50,000 to $70,000 – will benefit Wauseon’s Indian Hill Trails project in Homecoming Park. The transformation of 50 donated acres of woods into walking trails will likely begin next spring.
About 400 to 500 members of the public are expected to attend the all-day event, which Cordy described as “really fun. The whole family enjoys it. We will go until we run out of stuff.”
Profits from past Rotary auctions have gone towards building the city’s Homecoming, Rotary, and Biddle parks. “Anything to improve our community – that’s what we’re trying to do,” said Cordy, a six-year Rotary Club member.
He said it’s never surprising what items can be found at the Rotary auction, an element that has made them successful. He said in years past some of the auctions have lasted until 2 a.m. or longer.
Cordy reminded prospective donors that items will be accepted right up to the auction date and time.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.