Mansfield club changing auction

Longtime Mansfield Lions Club members and auction co-organizers Ed Preston and Don “Duck” Murison. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

 

By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

The Mansfield Lions Club is changing up its auction this year — from how it is held, to what will be offered and commissions to be paid.

The club has hired Best Bid Auctions, LLC, to conduct the Oct. 6 auction which will offer online bidding for the first time and a better way for farmers and ranchers to participate.

“It makes it a much simpler process for our farmers and ranchers to enter their equipment. They need not move their heavy equipment to Mansfield,” said club member and auction co-organizer Ed Preston.

“We welcome the new transition from the way we’ve done things for the past 40 years,” added club member and auction co-organizer Don “Duck” Murison.

“Auctioneers Del Dagnon and Daryl Asmussen have done a great job of auctioning off thousands of items over the past 40 years,” Preston said. “We would like to thank them all for their hard work and generous support.”

Typically, the auction has offered an assortment of items including rifles, furniture, bicycles, lawn mowers, tires and books. This year’s auction will feature more heavy equipment sales and items of value.

“We are weeding out the valuable stuff from the yard sale stuff this year,” Preston said. “We are focusing on the bigger quality items like combines, trucks, campers and fine jewelry. We are upgrading our stock.”

The auction will also offer incentives for sellers as well, such as multi-tiered commissions.

The commissions, according to Preston, will be 25 percent for $99 or less, 20 percent for $100 to $999, 15 percent for $1,000 to $9,999, 10 percent for $10,000 to $49,999, and 5 percent for items $50,000 and higher.

During the auction, the club cook shack will serve hot dogs and hamburgers. The Mansfield Scholars organization will also offer pie and coffee to raise money for scholarships for graduating seniors. In conjunction with the auction, the Mansfield Chamber will host its fall market — with vendors from the greater Mansfield area and beyond — in Blue Stem Park.

That day the Town Bar and Grill will serve a lunch special. Co-owner Debbie Rigby said, “We are looking forward to the Lions Club Auction, and we expect a busy day.”

Proceeds from the auction support Mansfield School activities such as swimming lessons at the Waterville pool, field trips and scholarships for graduating seniors.

“We also support beneficial community projects,” Preston said.

The club encourages new members to join. “After 40 years as a member of the Lions Club and being a part of all the good things it does for our community, we think it is time for the younger generation to step up and continue to expand on what we’ve built,” Preston said.

The club meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month at the Pioneer Club.

For more information, call 683-1081, 683-1314 or 683-1134; or email neddyp@hotmail.com.