A benefit auction at the end of the banquet of the Indiana Young Farmers Association has become a tradition. It helps raise money for the organization to function at the state level. This year at the 50th state convention celebration, the auction was believed to have brought in a record amount of money for use by the organization.
The top-selling item was a special quilt made by ladies from various parts of Indiana. Each area of Indiana Young Farmers was asked to make a quilt block. A professional in quilting then assembled the blocks, and added special wording on the top and bottom edges signifying that this was the official quilt of the 50th anniversary of Indiana Young Farmers.
C.J. Fleener, a Young Farmer from Orleans, was auctioneer for the evening. He soon realized that the quilt was a hot item. Once it narrowed down to two bidders, he kept it lively. The quilt finally sold for $1,002 to Mike Whaley, on behalf of the Pike County Young Farmers. That group has been instrumental in keeping IYFA healthy and active.
The high selling price for this unique keepsake rivals that of quilts sold during the old-time farm auction on the last Saturday of the Indiana State Fair in Pioneer Village. The quilt is made by ladies who know how to practice the craft, with crowds watching, during the state fair, and is then auctioned off. Many have been donated back for display. The proceeds help maintain and grow activities at Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fair.
Another high-selling item at the IYFA auction was a Case IH pedal tractor. It sold for more than $300. It's called the rotating tractor, because for the past 20 years, a chapter buys the tractor and then brings it back to resell at the next year's auction. IYFA benefits from the sale each time.
The items sold were donated by various local businesses throughout Indiana. Congratulations to Indiana Young Farmers on their 50th anniversary.