The Vandalia Area Fair Association raised approximately $11,500 before expenses with its annual dinner and auction event held this past weekend at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in Vandalia.
There were 170 auction items and 16 silent auction items sold to raise around $9,600 while food sales resulted in approximately $1,100. There was $800 raised in a raffle for a Golden Henryboy .22 gun won by Marty Nation. Mike Culwell’s seed corn was this year’s big ticket item that sold for $1,100. Other unique items included Teresa and Greg Stuart’s boat trip selling for $350, Larry and Nancy Nation’s Fish Fry selling at $200, as well as homemade cakes sold by both Cindy Evans and Doris Nation for $45.
“We had an excellent auction this year; it was better than we had anticipated,” said Vandalia Area Fair Association President Jeff Carlyle. “Unlike last year, we had great weather for the auction this year; we had an excellent turnout for the dinner and auction. We are very fortu-nate to have local businesses and people who donate items to the auction every year. Without the great support we get from the community, we would not be able to put on the caliber of Fair that we do. I would like to thank all the businesses and individuals, as well as the community members who ate dinner with us and who stayed for the auction afterwards. Without you, this would not be possible. I would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time to help us during the auction, especially the auctioneers who always do a fantastic job for us.”
This year’s entertainment was provided by Rebekah Hampton, who performed a short set before the auction started.
More on Rebekah Hampton
Hampton is 26 years old and is currently a 5th grade teacher at Wellsville Elementary School.
She is originally from Ellington, Mo., a small town in southeast Missouri. Hampton has been singing since she was age 3 and has performed in church Christmas programs as well as several festivals and fairs. Recently she tried out for American Idol in St. Louis in June of 2011.
Hampton’s style of choice is country music but she also enjoys singing bluegrass, gospel, contemporary Christian, pop, and classic rock.
Her father Dale is a member of the bluegrass band “Friends Pick-in.”