Boggy bargains at Allora Auction
HEAVY downpours across the region on the weekend made for boggy, messy conditions at the Allora Community Auction yesterday, but it didn't keep people away as they sloshed their way through in search of a bargain.
Some chose to ditch their footwear altogether and trek around the site barefoot, while others made do with whatever they had, including one woman who fought her way through in her purple ugg boots.
The auction has been running since 1976 and attracts people from all over, this year hosting visitors from places including Brisbane, Goondiwindi, Gold Coast and Dirranbandi.
Auctioneer Barry Geitz said despite a drop in crowd numbers to around 60-70% of previous years, he was happy with the final outcome and was pleased to see so many people come to Allora.
“The stop/go man at the Gap told me every second car is coming to the Allora Auction,” he said.
“The rain has affected the amount of stuff here and also the number of people here but we are damn lucky to get away with what we have.
“It has been tougher because the money hasn't been about but I think you've got to accept it as a sign of the times.”
Show society president Shirley Cornhill said the heavy rain put a bit of a dampener on the event – with lot numbers down to 1800, compared to the usual 2500 – but said she was pleased with the amount of people who turned out.
A final tally of money raised yesterday had not yet been reached last night, but Ms Cornhill said she was pleased with the result and the money would be divided among local charities.