Livestock, plants and farm implements will be up for sale when the Coombs Farmers’ Institute hosts its 40th annual Spring Farm Auction at the Coombs Fairgrounds Sunday, April 22. — Photo submitted by Janet Thony

Coombs farm auction returns April 22

Coombs Farmers’ Institute hosts 40th annual auction

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.

The new Demonstration and Teaching Garden at the Coombs Fair Grounds was funded by this initiative. This is a fun-filled affair, which also serves as the perfect venue for folks to share and discuss ideas related to agriculture. There is a growing interest in learning how to be self sufficient, and this event provides an opportunity for the public to dig in and get started.

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. There is no buyers fee, consignor’s and bidder’s cards are $2 each.

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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