Posted Online: Oct. 24, 2013, 11:37 am
Pumpkins auctioned like cattle Oct. 25 for United Way
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Press release submitted by Black Hawk College
Pumpkins auctioned like cattle this Friday for United Way
Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes will be auctioned at the Stampede Auction of Champion Pumpkins this Friday, Oct. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. at Black Hawk College East Campus (five miles south of Kewanee).
Last year's auction raised more than $4,500 for the Kewanee Area United Way.
The great gourd gathering is a major United Way fundraiser. This will be the 11th year for the event which got started when a BHC ag student brought a semi-load of monster pumpkins from his family farm in Indiana.
BHC alum Bill LeSage once again will serve as auctioneer. Members of the BHC Livestock Judging Team will demonstrate their mastery of pumpkin pedigrees by talking each pumpkin prior to bidding. Other students will serve as bid spotters.
Because of the high cost of the individual pumpkins, syndicates are formed where people pool their funds, much like it is done with breeding cattle, swine and horses. The auctioneer makes sure the audience leaves broke and smiling while the United Way and the community is a bit better off.
Champion pumpkins for this year's auction have been donated by Nature's Garden of Galva, Stahl's Produce of Lafayette, Country Corner Market of Alpha and other BHC friends.
The auction will be in the cafeteria in Building A. The public is invited to attend and watch the action or join in and bid on pumpkins.