By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian
More than 100 items will be up for bid at the inaugural Times West Virginian Newspapers in Education Auction scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
“We’ve got everything from pool toys to 20 units of Botox,” Toni Ricer, the Newspapers in Education coordinator, said. “I think there is something for everyone.”
According to Ricer, the selection of items includes things such as ties, drills and carwash kits, which also makes it an ideal place to search for gifts just in time for Father’s Day.
Ricer said local businesses have been instrumental in donating items for the auction, and that more items will continue to be added to the list as they are received.
“The businesses have been very generous,” Ricer said. “They’ve given us gift certificates for things like dining out and washing your car.”
In addition, Ricer said the Fairmont-Marion County Transit Authority has played a large role in making the event possible.
“George Levitsky (general manager of the FMCTA) is graciously letting us hold it in the Transit Authority bus garage,” she said.
Ricer also revealed that Col. Jack May will serve as the event’s auctioneer.
“He’s coming out of retirement to help us with a good cause,” she said.
Ricer said the proceeds of the auction will be used to increase newspaper availability in the area’s public schools. To reserve a bid number for the auction, contact Ricer at 304-367-2514 or arrive early Saturday. Registration is free.
Also taking place in downtown Fairmont on Saturday will be an artisan market at Veterans’ Square Plaza and Main Street Fairmont’s annual Great Garage Sale held from 8 a.m. to noon in the Adams Street parking garage.
Kate Greene, executive director of Main Street Fairmont, said businesses, nonprofit organizations and members of the community have signed up for vendor spots on the first and second floors of the garage.
In addition, vendors will be on site serving a variety of food options including barbecue, and the covered venue will protect those in attendance from any potential weather variables.
Greene said there is a $1 admission charge to get into the garage sale that will be put toward future community efforts.
Organizers agreed that the wide range of activities taking place downtown should have something to offer just about anyone in the community.
“It’s going to be a nice day to come to downtown Fairmont,” Ricer said.
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