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Benefit auction yields bargains, cash for NW bicentennial fest

Auctioneer Jim Galusha calls out bids during the North Warren Bicentennial fundraiser auction, held Saturday June 29 at the former Pottersville fairgrounds. The event yielded plenty of bargains and several surprises, organizers said. Nearly 100 people attended the event.

Auctioneer Jim Galusha calls out bids during the North Warren Bicentennial fundraiser auction, held Saturday June 29 at the former Pottersville fairgrounds. The event yielded plenty of bargains and several surprises, organizers said. Nearly 100 people attended the event. Photo by Margaret Holmes

— An auction conducted Saturday June 29 by a community group sponsoring North Warren’s bicentennial celebration yielded a lot of bargains while it raised $2,900 for the upcoming event.

Nearly 100 people participated in the bidding on items that ranged from high-quality furniture to a garden rototiller to antique tools and a pool table.

Yes, there was a kitchen sink — it was stainless steel, with faucets, and it prompted a bid of $20, auction organizer Jan Duell of Brant Lake said.

“We auctioned off milk cans to silverware, you name it,” she said, noting that local residents donating items for the cause were quite generous. “We had a super time.”

Speaking of generous, one family with a camp in the area donated a boat with inboard motor and trailer — in great shape — for the auction. This grouping went for a mere $300, Duell said.

“The family said take it away and love it,” she said. “It was worth a couple of ‘thou’ — so someone got an incredible bargain.”

There were a total of 250 items or box-lots up for bid in the auction, which lasted for two and a half hours. It was conducted at the old Glendale property, the former Pottersville fairgrounds — the site of where the North Warren communities’ celebration of Warren County’s bicentennial is to be held Saturday Aug. 24.

That day-long event is to include historical exhibits, entertainment, vendors, children’s activities, group publicist Margaret Holmes said.

“There are plans for a four-division parade, more than 60 exhibits, music all day long, and a huge fireworks show,” she said. “It will be a big deal.”

Plans call for the parade to feature antique cars showcasing the legacy of rum-runners in the region during Prohibition.

In addition to the auction last Saturday, the North Warren bicentennial group’s fundraisers so far this year have included several pasta dinners, the “Black Fly Barbecue,’ and an ice cream social, Duell said.

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