Chance to bid on non-livestock projects

Riley Cremeens, a member of the Fairfield Rascals 4-H Club, displays her quilt as auctioneer Jay Kirtz collects bids at the 2021 special interest project auction.

(Posted July 12, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Last year’s special interest project auction went so well, it’s back for a second year.

Hosted by the Madison County 4-H Committee, the auction is for young exhibitors with non-livestock projects, such as clothing, cooking, science and woodworking.

“They create an item related to their project to auction off to community members and other supporters,” said Frances Foos, Madison County 4-H Extension educator. “Each item is unique and can include anything from baked goods and hand-sewn items to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) projects and home improvement projects.”

Quilted pot holders, decorated cakes, planter boxes and fresh breads were among the items on the auction block last year.

“Their creativity was what was the coolest part,” Foos said of last year’s participants.
A total of 23 exhibitors created items for the 2021 auction. All together, their items brought in $7,000, much more than the committee had anticipated.

“We had 50-plus bidders in the room. There were lots of people who supported it, plus people who came in afterward who boosted up the totals,” Foos said. “Every kid got at least $250. It exceeded all expectations. The kids were really excited about it.”

The committee hopes to see even more participation this year. Of the hundreds of youths who take projects to the fair, approximately 100 take special interest projects rather than livestock.

This year’s special interest project auction is set for 5 p.m. July 14 in the Della Selsor Building. Potential bidders are asked to arrive by 4:30 p.m. to register.

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