By Teresa Jagodzinski
For the 26th year, the HLWW FFA alumni will host the annual auction to raise money for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted FFA Chapter.
The event will take place Thursday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. by the cattle barns on the Wright County Fairgrounds.
Some items that will be included in the auction are lawn and garden equipment, farm machinery, vehicles, shop tools, gift certificates from businesses, hay, and straw.
Dan Fogarty of Fogarty Auction Services will once again be the auctioneer for the event.
Fogarty added that the items need to be in working order and of good quality.
Items they don’t want include appliances, furniture, and used clothing because if they don’t sell, it will cost them money to haul them away.
Fogarty explained that the purpose of the auction is “to raise funds to purchase things for the ag department.”
All the money raised goes to the local FFA Chapter, Fogarty added.
“Everyone donates their time and money,” he explained. “No one gets paid.”
Most of the items are donated with all the proceeds going to the chapter, but they also take items on consignment.
Fogarty estimates “that Ninety percent of items are donated and ten percent are consigned.”
Allen Glessing, chairman of the auction committee, explained that donations come from local people and businesses as well as businesses that aren’t local but do business in the area.
“Since it’s been held for so many years, people know it’s coming up and plan for it,” Glessing said.
The generosity of the farmers, banks, and businesses who donate to the auction allows the auction to be profitable year after year.
The day of the auction is busy from the start because the set up is all done that day.
Committee members, alumni, and current FFA members volunteer their time and begin setting up for the auction around 10 a.m. Glessing added that it goes fast if enough volunteers show up.
Even though it’s an alumni event, current members are encouraged to help out because they benefit from the money that is raised, Glessing explained.
The current FFA members also help out by serving a light lunch during the auction.
“It’s a well supported, enjoyable evening at the fairgrounds,” Fogarty added.
“In [each of] the last three years, after expenses, we cleared $6,000,” Glessing said, which is given back to the ag department to be used in various ways.
“All money made is spent on the program,” Glessing noted.
The community plays a large role in the auction being successful for so many years.
“We can’t do it without the support of the community and businesses,” Fogarty explained.
“We really appreciate all the community does,” Glessing added, “all the donors, bidders and volunteers.”
Fogarty added that each year the auction “doesn’t get bigger, but it gets better.”
Glessing added that the auction is done all for the kids and the more active the members are in FFA, the more they benefit from the money that is raised at the auction.
The FFA alumni realize the importance of the ag program and want to see it’s continued success by supporting it, and this auction is one way they can help ensure that it continues to be a strong department with good advisors.
The money raised is used for scholarships, FFA leadership courses, expenses associated with the state and national conventions, shop equipment, computer software, and helping to fund the storage shed and greenhouse projects at the high school.
Items for the auction will be accepted until 2 p.m. the day of the auction.
For more information or if you have items to donate or consign, contact Glessing at (320) 543-3702, Bob Bakeberg at (320) 543-2102, or Randy Heuer at (320) 543-2589. To see auction bill, look in this weeks Herald Journal classified section.