More than $11,500 was raised at this year’s Vandalia Area Fair Association Fundraiser Auction and Dinner held on Saturday, February 8 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center.
Approximately 70%-75% of the money raised will go to the bank payment and insurance payment.
“We had a good auction and a really good turnout,” said Vandalia Area Fair President Nancy Jennings.
Nearly 140 items were auctioned off in the live auction as well as the silent auction.
A donation of 40 bags of beans (untreated Lewis Hybrids) fetched the most money, bringing in about $1,600. The donation was made by Mike and Lori Culwell.
Other high end auction items included six bags of P1151 AM Pioneer Seed Corn (donated by Chad Wallace) along with four bags of Channel seed corn (donated by Shannon Culwell Jr. and Felicity Goodpasture-Culwell.)
Among the several gift certificates and donated items auctioned off was a Rogue Acoustic Guitar autographed by the band “Ricochet.” The group performed at the 2012 Vandalia Area Fair.
The guitar raised $110.
An autographed cowboy hat was auctioned off for $60. It featured the signatures of Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Tracy Lawrence, Love & Theft, Kevin Fowler, Wade Hayes, Trent Willmon, Craig Morgan, “Ricochet,” Rick Trevino, Joe Diffie, Ty England, Mark Wills, and Jeff Allen.
There was also an autographed poster auctioned off with signatures. The autographed items were donated by Linda Brown & Associates.
The newly formed duo “Pike 41” provided the entertainment after singing three selections. They finished their set with the song they wrote called “Small Town Livin’.”
“Pike 41” features Bowling Green’s Joey Ringhausen and Vandalia’s Dylan Stubblefield.
Dylan Stubblefield is the son of Gary Stubblefield and Sandy Stubblefield, of Vandalia; Joey Ringhausen is the son of Bo Ringhausen and Teri Kite, of Bowling Green. Stubblefield attends University of Central Missouri, majoring in conservation enforcement; Ringhausen is going to Truman State University and majors in education.
A meal was served featuring catfish dinners with baked beans, cole slaw, fried potatoes, a drink, and dessert. Ham was also served.
At the start of the auction, John Wallace reminded those in attendance that this year’s Fair dates are set for June 24-28.