SILVANA — The annual Silvana Community Fair Board Auction packed crowds into Viking Hall during its return on the evening of Saturday, March 8, and generated about the same amounts of turnout and dollars as most of the fundraiser's recent years, according to Fair Board Secretary Mary Manning.
"The auction went well," Manning said. "It was a crazy day leading up to the auction itself, with Murphy's Law popping up to challenge us on multiple fronts, but everyone stayed calm, addressed those challenges as they came and brought everything together in time."
Silvana Community Fair Board Vice President Lynn Pattison joined Manning in expressing the event organizers' gratitude, not only to those who donated items for the silent and live auctions, but also to those who bid in those auctions to raise funds for the fair, since the auction is the primary source of monies which offset the fair's costs, and allow its organizers to invite members of the surrounding community and beyond for free, with no entrance of parking fees.
"The Silvana Community Fair lives up to its name, because it really is a community fair," Manning said. "These funds provide premiums for the young contestants who show their animals, enter indoor exhibits, create posters, provide demonstrations and grow horticulture displays."
Pattison extended her thanks to those who bought gift certificates at the auction for more than their face value, "because they knew it was for the kids, and we appreciate them hugely," as well as to the "young helpers" who also staffed the auction, many of them members of local 4-H clubs who were seeking to provide community service.
"The kids were a big help in the back room and the kitchen, during our setup and cleanup, as well as behind the scenes during the auction itself," Pattison said. "One little girl was working the crowd, selling Silvana Community Fair T-shirts, and she asked me no fewer than three times if I would like to buy one. Of course, I bought three," she laughed.
"Another highlight of the night was when Janet Stangeland donated two dozen cinnamon twists," Manning said. "The first dozen went for $625, and the second went for $500. It was also super to see the level of support for donations to replace the electrical cords and related equipment that were stolen late last year."
Manning and Pattison added a shout-out to returning Silvana Community Fair Board auctioneers George Magnochi and Dave Fenton, for their many years of service and support, as well as their flexibility and humor in the face of occasionally daunting obstacles.
"Bottom line, this auction is the main fundraiser for our fair," Manning said. "Without the community's support, it's difficult to imagine how the Silvana Community Fair could be."
As always, the Silvana Community Fair takes place on the last Saturday of July, which falls on July 26 this year. For more information, log onto www.silvanafair.com.