29th Annual Benefit Auction & BBQ
Please note! Due to the construction of the new Wheat Ridge Apartments, the Benefit Auction has been moved across Cat’s Back Road to the Farm Crest campus.
On Saturday, September 8, Fairmount Homes in Ephrata will hold its 29th Benefit Auction and Barbecue—an annual auction that draws thousands of people to Fairmount’s scenic hilltop location overlooking northeast Lancaster County. Hundreds of items, including colorful quilts and comforters, wall hangings, creative theme baskets, specialty items, gift certificates, new furniture, plants, and special theme meals called Dining for Dollars events are available for auction yearly. Most Dining for Dollars events and select Gift Certificates will be sold at a Silent Auction that opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 1:00 p.m.
Items of special interest this year are a 1945 Oliver 60 Row Crop tractor, a 5’ x 8’ Burkholder utility trailer, and a Quality Assurance Certified Angus steer to be auctioned as two mixed quarters and four mixed eighths. Also, following the 11:30 a.m. song and prayer, a special “Make a Difference” gift opportunity will be held..
Bidder registration begins at 8:00 a.m. for the two simultaneously running auctions that start promptly at 9:00 a.m. In addition to the two main auctions is a Children’s Auction at 1:45 p.m. There are many other activities to interest children as well, including barrel train rides, games, and prizes. However, the most anticipated attraction each year is certain to be the candy drop from an ultra-light plane, scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
Naturally, there is an abundant supply of food throughout the day, starting at 6:30 a.m. with a hearty breakfast by the popular Big John’s Catering. Delicious barbecue chicken dinners for only $7.00 each will be available starting at 10 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Dinners or legs/thighs for drive-through only may be purchased ahead of time at the Wheat Ridge or Crest View front desk. Many other food stands, including 5,000 donuts made on site, fresh-cut French fries, soft-serve ice cream, soft pretzels (made while you watch), subs, ham and cheese sandwiches, roast beef and Swiss cheese sandwiches, hand-squeezed fresh lemonade, homemade baked goods, and much more will be on hand to satisfy the hardiest appetites. Again this year, a self-serve salad bar will be available as a healthy food option, and fresh fruit cups and smoothies have been added to the menu.
Quilts, specialty items, and Dining for Dollars events will be on display in the Wheat Ridge lobby at Fairmount for a few weeks ahead of the auction. These items, as well as an Auction Day schedule, can be viewed online by clicking the Auction and Barbecue link from the Fairmount website at www.FairmountHomes.org. For anyone who is unable to attend the Benefit Auction, an absentee bid form is available at the front desk of the Wheat Ridge lobby.
Not only does Fairmount’s 29th Annual Benefit Auction and Barbecue provide an enjoyable experience for all who attend, but it presents an opportunity to support a worthy cause. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Sharing Fund, which helps to cover the cost of care for residents who have exhausted their financial resources.