READY TO BID: Cattlemen prepare for Saturday auction

Published 10:42 pm Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Head ’em up and move ’em out!

That’s Cattlemen’s talk.

And, what the Pike County Cattlemen are talking about “movin’ out” is more than 1,000 items that will be up for auction on Saturday at Cattlemen Park.

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“This year’s auction will probably be the biggest we’ve ever had,” said Jim Shaver, Cattlemen president. “Already, we have about a thousand items and they’re still coming in.”

The Cattlemen will accept items for the annual Pike County Cattlemen’s Equipment Auction until 5 p.m. today. Friday is reserved for cataloging the auction items and completing the other paperwork associated with the auction.

The 2019 Pike County Cattlemen’s Equipment Auction will open at 8 a.m. sharp Saturday and continue until all items are sold. A concession stand will be open throughout the auction.

Shaver said everything imaginable will be up for bid.

Items have been entered from Pike County and a 50-mile radius beyond.

“You name it and we’ve got it,” Shaver said. “We’ve got golf carts, hay balers, above the ground swimming pools, all kinds of cattle equipment, tractors, boats, bath tubs, food service equipment, patio furniture, outdoor tables and cookers, metal fencing and 12 vehicles, even a garbage truck.”

Shaver said the Pike County Firefighters’ travel trailer is on the block and there should be a lot of interest in it and also a dump truck that’s up for sale.

And, for those who are looking for antiques and old-tiques, Johnny Garrett, Cattlemen treasurer, said the auction has those aplenty.

“We’ve got old syrup kettles and wash pots and all kinds of hand plows,” he said. “We’ve even got a complete blacksmith outfit with an anvil and the bidding should be competitive on it. The anvil alone should bring a good price.”

And, to top it off, we’ve got an old stagecoach that should generate a lot of interest. You can’t ride on it; it’s not for that but it’s a good item and would make a good playhouse for kids or store display.”

And among the 1,000 and more items there are some that would cause a man to scratch his head and wonder, “what is that?”

Garrett said it’s entertaining to walk up and down the long aisles of auction items and see what treasures might be discovered or uncovered to be sold to the highest bidder.

Admission to the Pike County Cattlemen’s Equipment Auction is free. Those who plan to bid should register and get a bid number at Cattleman Park.