Annual public auction to benefit Erie 4-H members

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ERIE, Pa. – The 22nd annual Public Auction to benefit the Erie County 4-H Youth Development Program will be held May 5, beginning at 9 a.m.

The auction will be held indoors, in the 4-H/FFA Youth Arena at the Waterford Fairgrounds, located south of Waterford on Route 19.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. for inspection of merchandise. Seating and refreshments will be available.

The auction will feature a variety of new household and garden items, plants and shrubs, hand-crafted items, and artwork donated by area businesses and individuals.

In addition, the event will feature a Silent Auction of hundreds of gift certificates donated by area restaurants, garages, and other businesses. All items will be sold to the highest bidder.

All proceeds from the auction will directly benefit the county’s more than 2,300 4-H members.

Funds raised will be used to provide youth with scholarships to attend leadership and citizenship development programs, to help cover the costs of conducting the annual 4-H Fair, to expand the program’s urban outreach efforts, to provide camperships, or to provide other 4-H programs.

All items will be sold by auctioneer Paul Holtz and his associates who have volunteered their professional services. Terms of the auction are strictly cash-and-carry.

Item donations. Donations of items for the auction will be accepted through May 4. Those wishing to donate items may contact the extension office at 814-825-0900.

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