D-F Kiwanis Charities announces 73rd annual auction preparations are in full swing

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Charities is very excited to announce preparations are in full swing for their very popular and largest fundraiser and summer tradition – the Kiwanis Auction — to be held July 27–30 at the Piscataquis Valley Fairgrounds in Dover-Foxcroft. With spring fully upon us and summer right around the corner, we look forward to welcoming crowds of regular visitors to our 73rd annual auction.  We are eagerly looking forward to seeing you all  again this year as we work hard to keep this annual tradition alive and fun … all in the name of working for the benefit  of our kids and community.

Thanks to many for their generous donations! Community members far and wide along with summer visitors have already donated many items for the auction. The Barn is filling up fast and already has more items and “treasures” than last year at this time. Donations are greatly appreciated from now right up through the auction dates. Call Rita at 207-270-0536 for pickup information – or you can just drop off donations at the fairgrounds on the deck of Barn 2 anytime.

“Going once, going twice … sold!,” will ring out over the crowd as longtime favorite auctioneer (and Auction Chairman) Paul Davis with equally popular sidekicks Toby Nelson and Arne Halvorsen amuse the crowd with jokes and descriptions of “exciting items you just can’t live without!”

The Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis summer auction has been in existence for 73 years and is one of Piscataquis County’s most anticipated events  — three nights of meeting up with old friends, a frenzy of bidding on bargains galore, great food, and a chance to help Kiwanis support the kids of our community through their many projects …. just a “win-win” event for everyone involved.

The auction will tout all of the normal exciting activities – including the Bargain Barn, an inside “yard sale” run by and supporting the Foxcroft Academy Key Club, “Fill a Bag” of goodies for just a few dollars – and get in this building an hour before the live auction even begins; the “Book Barn” filled with thousands of-books especially cookbooks, movies, DVDs, CDs – all supporting the same local Kiwanis Charities. The food trailers will be fully stocked and ready to feed your tummy with those delicious and famous Kiwanis red hot dogs, burgers, french fries, and dough boys – and Beverage Express for those who don’t want to wait in line but need a cold drink quickly.  New this year is a new “maintenance” department checking all mechanical and electrical treasures to make sure they are in working condition before bidding starts.

There will be a maple baked bean supper on Saturday complete with maple beans, cole slaw, hot dogs, rolls, and ice cream bars  — and of course a 50/50 raffle running each night. Anything we don’t sell over the block from Thursday through Saturday will be available with our very popular barn sale on Sunday afternoon, July 30.

We appreciate all who donate to our auction every year … it wouldn’t be possible without your generosity. Beginning June 20, Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis members will be at the Piscataquis Valley Fairgrounds each Tuesday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for pick-ups and to accept and help with your drop-off items.

The Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Charities  appreciates your support of its charitable projects – some which include our signature project – Kiwanis Park located next to the PRYMCA, Hooked On Fishing – Not Drugs, our Weekend BackPack Program for SeDoMoCha students, Center Theatre drama program, PRYMCA swim program, Community Fitness,  Piscataquis Soil & Water Conservation District summer camp,  Piscataquis Regional Food Cupboard, academic awards for Foxcroft Academy and Corinth Key Clubs, Builder’s Club, meals for seniors, annual Christmas Project, and many other community needs.

We have formed a “Friends of Kiwanis” program and anyone willing to help with any of the projects listed above would be greatly appreciated.  Right now our biggest need is help with pick-ups for the auction. If you would be willing to give us just one day – or a few hours between now and Auction Week, please contact Rita at 270-0536 to get your name on the list with the best day or time of day that works for you. Thanking you all in advance for your support. It takes a village to care for our kids and make life better for all  “one child and one community at a time.”

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