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David Rogers auction returns to help fund land purchase


After being absent from David Rogers Days for the past several years, the auction at the festival is returning on Saturday, Aug. 25. The bidding will begin at 2 p.m.

The Friends of the LaGrange County Parks have been working to gather items to auction off in the barn at David Rogers Village. The group is raising funds to support the county parks department in its effort to purchase additional land at Dallas Lake Park.

The land acquisition will add 44 acres to the park, and encompass the wetlands area at the southeast corner of the park. That area is home to rare plants and animals that the parks department is eager to preserve and protect. Part of the land that is currently being farmed will be returned to its natural habitat over time.

The auction on Aug. 25 will mainly feature items that are reminiscent of the pioneer days that the festival is recreating.

Items already donated for the auction include:

Locally made items such as woven rugs, several wooden items, a ceramic bowl and ladle, homemade jellies and baked goods.

Donated items such as silver serving items, baskets, antique salt and pepper shakers, paintings, a cast-iron Dutch oven, horse harnesses, and more will all be up for auction. There will also be gift certificates for food and services.

The Friends of the LaGrange County Parks will also auction off one lifetime Friends membership.

Items can still be donated up to the start of the auction. Baked goods and other homemade foods (canned vegetables, jellies, breads, etc.) are being especially sought after for the auction.

Contact the LaGrange County Parks Office at 854-2225 if you have an item to donate that needs to be picked up. Items being sought include antiques, homemade crafts, woodcrafts, art, and more. No electronics or “modern” conveniences are needed.

Bring any donated items to David Rogers Days by 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, to place them in the auction.

Everyone is invited to participate at the auction and help the Friends of the LaGrange County Parks help acquire land for Dallas Lake Park.