Gift cards, antiques, collectibles and more will go on the block during the annual 4-H benefit auction.
The annual auction, with proceeds benefitting Cecil County 4-H, is set for Saturday, December 3 at the Walls Activity Hall at Fair Hill Fairgrounds.
The doors open at 5:30 p.m. The live auction begins at 7 p.m. The silent auction ends at 8:30 p.m. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. Admission to the auction is free and the event is open to the public.
The way the auction works, is that the 4-H club whose member got the auction donation gets half the proceeds brought in by the item. The other half goes to the county 4-H. The county proceeds pay for various things. One of which is to offset the costs for those 4-H members who qualify to compete in various events and contests across the nation.
"This is very important. This is the only big fundraiser we do. Over the years, we've raised a significant amount every year," said Victoria Stone, Program Assistant for 4-H Youth Development. Last year, more than $10,000 was raised during the auction.
Stone spends a great portion of her work hours doing community outreach that is 4-H related. She teaches library and other community programs. She said that there are currently 464 4-H members but over 3,000 others are reached in other ways.
They operate school programs such as those that hatch chicks in kindergarten classes, STEM programs, and Green School activities.
Stone said that some of the most popular items that go up for sale are homemade. Fresh wreaths and baked goods always draw bids. Winter harvest vegetables are also popular. Last year, a giant stuffed hippopotamus and a homemade quilt also attracted a number of bids. There will also be poinsettias and saplings.
Food and drinks are available for purchase at the auction.
Auction donations will be accepted at the Extension Office until Monday, November 28. For auction item pick up call 410-996-5280.