GRANVILLE — While the large parking lot next to Putnam County High School (PCHS) is typically filled with cars and trucks, this past Saturday it was filled with people and just about everything else you could think of in order to raise funds for the local FFA chapter.
The annual PCHS FFA Auction once again attracted large crowds of people who arrived on the morning of Aug. 5 to hopefully find a good deal and to support the efforts of local ag students. The auctions were run by Bradley’s Auction Service of Streator, and the auction was large enough they also brought help from other auction services.
“This is quite the event; it brings everyone in PC out to support the FFA which is great to see. This is a major event for both us and the rest of the county,” PCHS Principal Clayton Theisinger said.
Items from throughout the area are donated to the auction, and the variety is impressive. One of the largest and most eye-catching items awaiting its turn on the block was a sailboat, and several pieces of large agricultural equipment were also waiting for new owners.
There were several mowers; power tools; construction and antique farming implements; furniture; fishing equipment, remote control airplanes and supplies; fixtures of all sorts; bicycles; and a seemingly endless array of other various items. You could tell many had come straight from the barn and often still wore the dust and dirt they’d collected throughout the decades.
“There’s a great variety here, and the most important thing is that we’re helping the FFA,” said Freddie Immke of Immke Auction Services, who is also a farmer of 54 years.
PCHS ag science teacher John Heiser said the funds raised through the auction will help students attend leadership conferences, conventions and other events throughout the year, as well helping to provide any needed supplies.
During the auction, FFA students sold food and refreshment to hungry bidders who were eagerly inspecting items and searching through the trailers filled with potential treasures.
Ron Diedrich and his wife, Martha, an antiques dealer, drove from Yorkville to Granville for a chance to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the auction.
“Maybe you should be talking to my wife,” laughed Diedrich, after he was asked what type of things he was hoping to find at the auction and while he was struggling to load his latest purchases in the back of his truck.