Community gets into great auction
THE Queen has had her birthday and Allora has had its great Community Auction.
A steady stream of vendors were lined up at the entrance to the showgrounds arena on Saturday and Sunday, and a few hardy souls ventured out in the cold on Sunday to access the bargains that were up for grabs.
This year there was everything from a brass bed warmer to a tractor, with every conceivable item in between.
I even found some chain mail on one table.
Our iconic local event has reached such a level of popularity that Channel Seven had a film crew from The Great South East in attendance. Not sure when it is going to be televised, so keep an eye on the TV guide.
Cold conditions may have kept a few punters away on the Monday of the auction proper, numbers being down fractionally on previous years. Despite this, almost 2300 lots went under the hammer during the day, raising a total of just over $130,000.
After expenses and payments to vendors have been taken out, the remainder will, as usual, be split between about 15 local charities, clubs and organisations.
However, the whole thing nearly came unstuck on Monday afternoon when a freakishly powerful willy willy descended on the arena, smashing some items of furniture, overturning a large wire cage that was near some children and sending a piece of corrugated sheeting flying through the air.
The whole episode only lasted a matter of seconds before blowing itself out, miraculously having caused no injuries whatsoever.
After ascertaining that all was well, organisers breathed a sigh of relief and the auction continued without further incident.
Next Friday there will be a Blue Light Disco at the Allora RSL Hall from 6pm to 9pm for kids in grades 1 to 10.
Admission is $4 for the kids.
More info is available from the Allora police station on 4666 3222.