68th annual Melba Auction

Auctioneer David Harrington, left, and Chris Hinderliter open the 68th annual Melba Auction, held last year at Melba High School.

By Erin Turpin

Melba is gearing up for its annual Melba Community Auction again. The auction, 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, is inside the Melba High School gym with outside items such as livestock, fertilizer, feed, etc.

Rather than having an outside auction, as in the past, this year’s outside items will be put into lots and auctioned off inside following the opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. Immediately following will be the plethora of items from art and quilts to TVs and wagons.

Students of every age in the Melba Joint School District all pitch in. Raffle tickets are being sold by the Melba Elementary School students for half a beef, two halves of a pig and for the cash pot. The class that sells the most raffle tickets will win a pizza party from Slice of Melba. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the auction, along with tickets for the gun raffle.

FCCLA students are busy making homemade noodles and candies ready to stock the Country Store. 4-H children keep all the cafeteria tables cleaned and the Young Women’s group cooks scones for all to enjoy.

Following in the footsteps of Oleta Ball, Julie Allison, with her kitchen crew and volunteers, cooks the turkeys and hand picks the meat for the turkey and noodles. Also available for lunch are hamburgers, hot dogs and chorizos.

Donations are a huge part of what keeps the auction going. This year with the missed school snow days the procurement crews have had a hard time getting donations in early, especially for the themed baskets. They ask for your help to fill the BSU, Vandals, baby, and movie night themed baskets.

Homemade items and store bought items for donation are also welcomed. And in keeping with tradition all Melbans are encouraged to bring in a pie or cake for the pie/cake booth. Items will be accepted between 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19  and beginning 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. For more information please contact Bill Stradley at 208-250-7378.

The Melba Community Auction first began in 1950 when Ora D. Stokes saw a need in the community to assist with medical costs for polio-stricken Melba residents. The auction continues to this day giving aid to those in need with medical costs as well as contributing to Melba Little League insurance, FCCLA and FFA costs for trips, 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 Veteran programs to name just a few.

Elections for the Melba Community Auction committee are held in April. Positions available include two vice-chairman positions and the women’s co-chair position. Each position is for a two-year term. After two years as a co-chairman you can transition into the chairman position. The current co-chairmen, JJ Volkers and Matt Wilson, have held their positions for seven and eight years. Melba residents are highly encouraged to run in the upcoming elections.

Please contact Megan Volkers at 208-870-7127 for more information or on the Melba Community Auction Facebook page.

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