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Auction held at fair to benefit 4-H members

| Saturday, July 27, 2013, 12:16 a.m.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier
Checking out some of the auction items are 4-H members Olivia Brown, 17, of White, Autumn Ramsey, 12, of White and Brittany Brown, 14, of Ruffsdale.

Offering an array of items from wooden chairs to clocks, the annual 4-H Benefit Auction was held Friday evening at the Fayette County Fair in Dunbar Township, drawing a large crowd to bid on dozens of items donated to the event.

“We probably have over 250 items here tonight,” auction co-director Vickie Baker said. “We have a lot of great items here and most of them are catalogued, which makes it easier — that way you know when to be here for something you want.”

The annual event is marking its eighth year. Proceeds benefit Fayette's 4-H clubs.

“The proceeds are divided between scholarships for 4-H members, and the money is also used for a general fund to help the kids with programs and things such as 4-H camp,” Baker said.

Baker said that donations are up slightly from last year, when the auction raised $8,000 for 4-H.

“It was a little down last year, but this year, it picked up, so we are excited about that,” Baker said. “I'd really like to see us raise $10,000.”

The money raised last year was used for 4-H programming and for nine scholarships distributed last winter to members seeking higher education.

Auctioneer George Hare of Mt. Pleasant donated his time for the event and said he was thrilled when asked to participate.

“There was no way I'd turn them down,” Hare said. “Through my time as a teacher and working with youth, I have seen how the 4-H program has helped kids build character and leadership and responsibility. I was more than happy to give them my time.”

In addition to the donations from area businesses, groups and individuals, each of the 19 4-H clubs in the county donated at least one theme basket to the event, with several donating more than one.

“This is building every year, and we hope to continue to see it build even more every year,” auction co-director Valerie Sesler said. “We have so many wonderful donations and so many great buyers. What we'd like to see is more and more buyers.”

Several 4-H members helped with the event, showing and running for the auction.

“I really think that 4-H is important and the fair gives its members the opportunity to show off all their hard work,” said 10-year 4-H member Olivia Brown, 17, of White. “4-H helps to show its members the things that they can do and what they can achieve, and I think that is important.”

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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