Community Sale returns to Paxton in April

PAXTON — Paxton’s Community Sale will return for a second year in a row after a nearly decade-long hiatus.

The Paxton Park District board scheduled the sale during last week’s meeting for 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6.

The park board’s vice president, Brad Strebeck, who is leading the organization of the event, said the board considered the lack of other auctions in the area scheduled for that date.

“Not a lot of stuff was going on that Saturday,” Strebeck said, “and all the other weekends are kind of booked up around the area with other auctions and stuff going on.”

The sale will again be held at the Coady Park grounds off Stockholm Road.

“We’re happy with that location,” Strebeck said. “It seemed to work out very well last year, and we’re going to keep the same location so everybody knows that’s where it’s going to be at and that’s where it’s going to stay.”

The sale will consist of an auction for items such as tools, furniture and farm equipment. Items for the auction will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 5, and from 6-9 a.m. Saturday, April 6.

Of the money raised in the auction, the park district would receive a percentage via commission.

“We didn’t have any vehicles (auctioned) last year, but hopefully we’ll get some this year,” Strebeck said. “Farm equipment is the ultimate goal.”

Coady Park will also host a flea market in conjunction with the auction.

“It’s going to be in the same location as last year,” Strebeck said. “Last year, I think we had 15 vendors set up there. A wide variety of things was there — anything from handmade craft items to goods and antiques were set up at that flea market.

Strebeck said the next step for the park board in preparing for the Community Sale is to get the word out via letters.

“We’ll start getting all the letters sent out and contacting people and lining up things,” Strebeck said.

Strebeck took control of organzing the event last year, the first time it was held in some  10 years.

“I’ve kind of just took this upon myself as part of the board to try to get something back here and start something new, and it went over pretty well last year. It’s a lot of work, but I was willing to do it again this year and take charge of it,” Strebeck said.

The park board also discussed Tuesday some ideas for improving the Community Sale. One idea proposed was to put a trailer near the auction area. The trailer would contain buyer numbers to be used by auctioneers.

Last year, buyer numbers had to be purchased inside the Civic Center.

“It was kind of a complaint of people that they had to walk all the way up here to get a buyer number and to walk all the way back to the auction,” Strebeck said. “We’re trying to work on that and see what we can come up with to alleviate that problem.

“We’ve had a couple of solutions that we’ve thought about. One was to have a trailer out there by the auction to get a number out there. Somebody would have to let us use one or something like that.”

The smaller items on which auctioneers will bid shall be on display via hay racks, of which there were eight last year.

“They were all pretty much full,” Strebeck said. “It’s kind of on a donation basis. We’re going to ask those people again if they would like to donate (the hay racks) for the sale.”

To help out with the event, Strebeck said he is going to look for volunteers from the Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School FFA chapter, among other organizations.

“Last year, the FFA helped out,” Strebeck said. “They sent 11 kids, and their duty was to hold up the items to be auctioned off. It went very well. We’ll see if they want to do that again.

“We’d also like to get (the Loda Helping Hands) 4-H (Club) involved, whether they want to set up a food booth or help out with the auction in any way. Same with the Boy Scouts or (Paxton Aquatic Wildcats) swim team, as well.

“I think we’re going to be contacting them to get the whole community involved.”

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