SILVANA — The Silvana Fair Board Auction for last year drew more than 300 attendees and raised an above-average total of earnings, but the annual event's organizers hope to equal, if not exceed, those totals on Saturday, March 9, when the auction is set to return to the Viking Hall at 1331 Pioneer Hwy. in downtown Silvana, west of I-5 off Exit 208.
Lynn Pattison, a member of the Silvana Fair Board, promised attendees that they could look forward to bidding on homemade cinnamon twists, gift certificates "from nearly every local restaurant and shop," livestock and pet food, fresh baked pies, quilts and blankets, yard art, garden plants, gift certificates for hair and dental care, veterinary care, chiropractic care, auto and home repair services, tools, toys, artwork and more.
Although the evening begins with the opening of the doors and snack bar at 5 p.m., the silent auction doesn't commence until 5:30 p.m., with tables closing at staggered times throughout the night.
"At 6 p.m., the excitement really builds when the live auction starts," Pattison said. "Sharp-eyed spotters will watch the crowd for raised paper plates indicating bids. Tickets will be drawn to win prizes several times throughout the evening, and at the end of the night, one bidder will win a large cash prize, which they must be present to win. All ages are invited and are sure to have a great time. Come early to get the best seating, plan your bidding strategy, and enjoy the atmosphere and the snack bar, or come when you can — either way, you're sure to find something you want, and the money raised goes to a good cause."
The Silvana Fair Board Auction raises funds each year to operate the Silvana Community Fair, which always takes place on the last Saturday in July, at the fairgrounds behind Viking Hall. The Silvana Fair is the only local fair which is completely free to enter and to attend, since even the parking is free.
"Have a fun evening helping raise money for our local all-volunteer fair, and see what wonderful treasures and bargains you can take home," Pattison said.
For more information, log onto www.silvanafair.com.