Centered in the Melba High School gym was a podium, where auctioneers stood ready. Surrounding the podium were handmade quilts, homemade pies, children’s bikes, decorated plates, feed bags, car repair kits and much more.

Close to 400 people attended Melba’s 69th annual Community Auction on Saturday, Jan. 20.

Proceeds from the auction give aid to those in need with medical costs as well as contributing to Melba Little League insurance, FCCLA and FFA costs for trips, the Melba Senior Center and the Melba High School senior class drug free senior party. Contributions are also made to Ronald McDonald House, Mercy Hospice, Life Flight and veterans programs, to name just a few.

This year’s auction raised around $50,000, according to Jana Moore, a Melba Community Auction committee member.

“I think the community was phenomenal,” Moore said, speaking on behalf of the committee. “Our auctioneers were great. Our volunteers were awesome. There was a lot of support this year and it felt good.”

Upon entering the gym, to the right of the doors were tables with buckets, where event attendees could fill out raffle tickets for cuts of meat. Elementary school classes competed to sell the most tickets.

Nearby stood Melba students manning a table of homemade treats. Proceeds benefited the Melba High School senior class.

To the left of the doors were volunteers distributing bidding numbers.

Next door, students offered soda, and next to them were third- and fourth-generation pie bakers offering slices of homemade pie. Traditional handmade quilts were displayed next to them.

If you’re a first-time auction attendee, residents recommend you try the traditional, homemade turkey soup, complemented with potato salad and a dinner roll.

Moore said she wants to emphasize how appreciative the Melba Community Auction committee is of the community’s support, this year and every year. Moore added she wanted to give a special shout-out to the committee, and especially Edith Pease, the secretary, and Megan Volkers.

Alx Stevens is the reporter for Kuna Melba News. Contact her at 208-922-3008 or editor@kunamelba.com.

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