Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Barb Watters hits the gavel again this year at the 27th Great Brandon Auction

Courtesy of Brandon Chamber of Commerce

While Janet Mondlak was not auctioned to the highest bidder, the wheel barrel that she is resting in was!

Tuesday, July 21 at 4 p.m. — BRANDON — One of Brandon’s liveliest annual events will take place on Tuesday, July 21 in Central Park. The 27th Annual Great Brandon Auction has been raising funds for development projects in the Town of Brandon since 1989. Since the idea was first pitched to the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce in 1989 and it has grown into a popular summer event.

Auctioneer Barb Watters has presided over the 27 years and the Chamber has turned over more than $175,000 into many town projects. Barb does an amazing job of enticing bids, keeping up the pace, and entertaining the crowd all at the same time. She’s auctioned off a Steinway and a urinal, fire hydrants, and Warren Kimble originals. The auction has gone one in rain, winds, lightening, and even a power failure. Nothing has stopped them!

Brandon is a very generous community and Central Park will be overflowing with items large and small. In addition to the donations, about 50 volunteers will turn the day into a success.

The public is welcome to be a part of the 27th auction. Head on downtown and bid and buy. The preview starts at 2 p.m. and auctioneer Watters will hit the gavel at precisely 4 p.m. If you can’t stay, you may leave a bid with a Chamber staff person. BLSG Insect Control District staff will be spraying the night before so the crowd will stay comfortable all evening. Brandon Lions will be grilling dinner and providing cold drinks and snacks — support two area non-profits without even leaving the park!

Bring a chair, a friend and cash or a good check. Combined purchases over $500 can charge with a credit card. Vermont state sales tax of 6 percent will be charged on all purchases except gift certificates and clothing; if you are a re-seller, bring your tax number.

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