The Coombs Farmers’ Institute (est. 1914) will be hosting its annual Spring Farm Auction Sunday, April 22, beginning at 10 a.m. at the historic Coombs Fairgrounds.
This marks the 40th straight year this function will attract consignors and bidders from all over the Island, the Sunshine Coast and the Gulf Islands. Funds raised by the auction support CFI’s scholarships and bursaries program, local and provincial 4-H programs and various other community endeavours related to agriculture, said Janet Thony, CFI president. Last year’s Auction raised more than $4000 and in 2017 CFI gave out $2000 in scholarships to students proceeding to post-secondary agriculture-related studies.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, CFI will have “Auction Bucks” and will award gift baskets to twelve lucky holders of the bidding cards drawn by the auctioneer.
Traditionally, the livestock auction offers chickens, ducks and geese, and varying supplies of sheep, goats, hogs and cattle. Due to the presence on the Island of rabbit hemorrhagic fever, the auction will not be accepting any consignments of rabbits. Those who plan on buying small livestock, such as chickens, geese, ducks, etc. should bring an appropriate container, such as a cardboard box or dog crate, to safely transport the new family member home. An adjustable-height livestock ramp will be set up at the barns for loading and offloading of larger animals.
Outside, in the big arena, items can range from tractors, haying and field equipment to small tools and miscellaneous farm and garden equipment. Those interested in growing flowers or food can choose from a wide array of bedding plants, fruit trees, berry canes and perennials.
Gates open Sunday at 8 a.m. to receive consignments. Cutoff for consignment of tools, equipment, plants, etc. is 10 a.m. Livestock consignment cutoff is noon, or as space permits. Viewing starts at 10 a.m. and the auction begins at 11. Small items, plants and machinery are sold first, livestock begins selling at 1 p.m.
Lunch and snacks will be available on the grounds. For more information, please contact auctioneer Glen Hersley at 250-468-7094 or Janet Thony, CFI president, at 250-738-0888. Also, follow on Facebook at Coombs Farmers Institute.
— NEWS staff
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