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February 7, 2014

Kiwanis Club won’t have annual auction this year

GLASGOW — Farmers who have shopped the Glasgow Kiwanis Club’s annual farm machinery auction in the past will have to look elsewhere for bargains.

Club officials have chosen not to do the auction this year for several reasons.  

The primary cause is the amount of work it takes to pull it off each year.

“You are looking at four or five days of hard work,” said Tim Doyle, club president, adding that most of the club members who worked with the auction are retired and some are in bad health. “Another reason is there’s so much competition with the with other farm machinery auctions.”

The amount of farm equipment the club has received through the years for the auction has also declined, making it more difficult to offer a quality sale, he said.

The club has put on the farm machinery auction for  seven years. This year would have been the eighth.

Proceeds from the auction were used by the club to support youth programs in the Glasgow-Barren County area, including the purchase of Christmas gifts for underprivileged children.

“It was a good fundraiser,” said Doug Hatchett, co-chairman of the auction.

The auction generated anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000 for the club.

The auction is not the only fundraiser the club has during the year.

It also does Christmas ornament sales, a pancake fry, a golf tournament and sells concessions at the Cruise Into Fall car show in downtown Glasgow.

The club chose to focus on fundraisers that don’t require as much manpower as the auction does and are evaluating other fundraising possibilities, Hatchett said.

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