Fair 2021: Special Interest auction set for Thursday

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Beverly Kinateder of the Double L II 4-H Club displays her cake-decorating entry at last year’s fair. This year, Kinateder and other youths who are taking special interest projects have the opportunity to participate in the new special interest auction.

(Posted July 13, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

It has long been a tradition that members of the community bid on animals that youths exhibit at the fair, but what about bidding on homemade brownies, a hand-crafted toolbox, or a quilt?

For the first time, the Madison County 4-H program is hosting an auction just for youths exhibiting non-livestock, special interest projects. This new sale is set for July 15 at 5 p.m. in the Della Selsor Building.

“Our special interest kids put just as much work into their projects as the livestock kids do, and they’ve never had a chance to make some money and have that culminating experience,” explained Frances Foos, 4-H Extension educator.

The youths participating in the auction were required to sell their actual fair project or create an item related to their project to be placed on the auction block. Each participant can sell one item. They cannot be selling an animal in the livestock sale.

“Each item will be unique. From our woodworking kids, it could be a flowerpot holder. The nutrition kids might make extra baked goods or breads. Or a kid could literally put in their bottle rocket,” Foos said. “It will be interesting what they bring. It will be an adventure.”

Organizers are modeling the auction after ones they’ve seen done at other county fairs.

“This is our first year. We’re testing the waters,” Foos said, adding that many of the 100 or so youths exhibiting special interest projects at this year’s fair began a month ago discussing with their advisors what they should make to sell. “They’re pretty excited about it.”

Anyone is welcome to be a buyer at the auction. No pre-registration is necessary. All you have to do is show up at the time of the sale and bid.

Jay Kurtz with Beachy’s Small Engines of Plain City is the auctioneer.

The 2021 Madison County Fair runs through July 17. For a full schedule of events, visit Madison County Fair.

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