Let the bidding begin
For more than 35 years the Ashhurst Pohangina smallholders auction has been drawing the crowds.
The Ashhurst Pohangina Lions have seen the community fundraiser, which last year donated proceeds of $3500 to the rescue chopper, steadily increase in size and scope.
The club’s Jon Clarke said about 3500 people could converge on the MacDonald farm north of Ashhurst to bid on a huge range of items.
‘‘There’s everything imaginable from ducks to model dinosaurs, tractors to tramping gear. There will be no calves again this year, but sheep aplenty.’’
The main bidding categories for this Saturday’s event are household goods, farming resources and equipment, small animals and poultry, and large animals. Within those categories however, there can exist a veri- table cornucopia.
The event is always being finetuned to speed up the sales process. ’’Last year saw the introduction of computerised sales at the auction site, and using wifi to transmit that data straight to the bookkeepers,’’ Clarke said. ‘‘It worked brilliantly.’’
Goods can be dropped off at the farm, 682 Pohangina Rd, Ashhurst, from 12pm to 7pm on Friday and from 7am on Saturday to 9.30am. Auctioning starts at 10am.
From old bangers to stuffed emus, the annual smallholders auction attracts lots that are weird, no-8 wired and wonderful.