The annual Spring Farm Auction is springing into action Sunday

Popular auction in Coombs returns April 19

Ponies, calves, goats, sheep, agriculture machinery, garden tools and more will be up for sale in Coombs

The 37th annual Spring Farm Auction will be back in action Sunday, April 19 in Coombs where all things related to agriculture will be up for sale.

Viewing starts at 10 a.m. and the auction gets underway at 11 a.m.

Bidders cards are $2 but otherwise there is no buyers fee for the live auction hosted by the Coombs Farmers’ Institute.

President Janet Thony said livestock galore will be up for auction including ponies, calves, goats, sheep, pigs, ducks and geese to name a few.

“There will also be lots of garden plants, bedding plants, Egyptian walking onions are always popular, herbs, landscape perennials and fruit trees but the usual big reason most people come is the (farm) equipment,” Thony said. “Consigners can bring equipment they no longer have a need for … Anything you could perceive to be utilized in a farming context.”

But it’s not just about buying and selling.

“It’s one of the agricultural social events of the season,” said Thony. “It’s the perfect opportunity to talk about current issues, about our food supply, we (the Institute) are there to engage interested people in a dialog about understanding where your food comes from.”

Thony said the auction is a popular event and last year more than 400 bidders cards were sold.

“For me, I’m an avid recycler and I love that people can see the value of both sides of a business deal,” she said. “The consigner and the buyer can see the value of recycling and re fitting articles that otherwise might end up in a landfill.”

Thony said some items can be as inexpensive as $0.50 while some “good calves” can sell for $500 to $600.

Proceeds raised from this event fund two scholarships given out annually by the Coombs Farmers’ Institute awarded to local students enrolled in agriculture-related studies each worth $1,000. Additionally, the 4-H club will be set up to serve lunch from the concession.

The Spring Farm Auction is a one-day event that will take place at the Coombs Fairgrounds on Sunday, April 19.

Items can be consigned that morning with gates opening at 8 a.m. for sellers, who are required to register their information at the office in the recreational building. For more information contact Janet Thony at 250-738-0888 or crocker1@telus.net.

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