Auction, fall festival at Mansfield

Buyers look for a great deal at the Mansfield Lions Club auction held Oct. 6. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)


By Adrienne Douke
Empire Press Correspondent

Mansfield Scholars Foundation volunteer Lisa Hall sells pies to raise money for scholarships during the Lions Club auction. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

It was a busy day in Mansfield Oct. 6 with the Mansfield Lions Club auction and the Mansfield Chamber’s fall market.

This was the 41st year for the Lions Club?auction.

?After over 40 years, the Lions Club auction is becoming something of a Mansfield tradition,? co-organizer Don “Duck” Murison said.

This year?s auction featured some changes. Online bidding was introduced for the first time and merchandise for bidding included?higher-end goods, with an emphasis on heavy machinery.

Murison noted that the event was a success. ?There were a few minor glitches.?It was a new learning curve for all of us,” he said.?”We appreciate that Best Bid Auctions did such a good job of taking care of our bidders.?

During the auction other activities took place. Throughout the day,?local residents held yard sales,?the museum opened?its doors for browsing, downtown Main Street was bustling with indoor yard sales, the chamber held its fall market, the Scholars Foundation hosted a pie sale, and the Town Bar and Grill?was open for business.

Mansfield Museum President Darold Wax said, ?We?ve had a lot of visitors today.?We are enjoying everyone?s interest in Mansfield?s history.?Auction day is very special to us.?

Lulu White sells an assortment of rocks at her booth during the Mansfield Chamber fall market on Oct. 6. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

The chamber held?its?fall market in the newly renovated Pioneer Hall. The venue offered a wide variety of unique choices for shoppers looking for that special item on their list.

Chamber Vice President Mikki Lamar said, ?We were very pleased with all the support we received for our third annual chamber fall market. We love the new venue, overall this was a very successful event.?

Mansfield Scholars Foundation held?its annual pie sale to raise money for graduating seniors and continuing education for students.

Scholars Foundation President Jamey Jo Steele said, ?It was another successful year. I think it was one of our biggest years yet. We were able award a little over $14,000 in scholarships last year. We appreciate all the local pie makers who donated pies, and our group of volunteers?? Jody and Shenae Steele, Leilani Beck and Ian Minatani ? who made 90 breakfast sandwiches in two hours. Thank you all for your continued support.?

The Mansfield Museum was open for viewing during the Lions Club auction. (Empire Press photo/Adrienne Douke)

Stephen and Mary-Jane Ristine came from Cle Elum to bid at the Lions Club auction. Stephen said, ?We?ve been coming for seven years now. We leave early, while it was still dark, to come over. We like the idea that there are still small town events like this one, where people get together, visit and have a good time, and of course, get a great deal.?

Mansfield Public Works Assistant Dianne Wall was glad the auction went so well with a new company. ?We thank Dal Dagnon and Daryl Ausmussen for the great job they did for 40 years. We also thank Best Bid Auctions for meeting the challenge, and doing a great job of auctioning off the merchandise, we are happy that it was a successful event.?

The Town Bar and Grill served specials of pulled pork and chips, sausage hoagies, and a bowl of brisket chili garnished with cheese all day. ?Until we ran out,? co-owner Debbie Rigby said.

The bar and grill concluded auction day with live music featuring the classic country rock band Crane.

Rigby noted that it was a busy day, ?We had a good day, and it was great to see old friends and make new ones.?

The Lions Club provides assistance with purchasing eyeglasses?and hearing aids for those in need, and also helps fund scholarships for college, as well as educational and extracurricular events hosted by the?school district.

The Lions Club meets every first and third Wednesday of the month at?7 p.m. at the Pioneer Club located on Main Street.

For?more information, contact the Lions Club at?P.O. Box 622, Mansfield, Wash. 98830, or email?