Richmond County Daily Journal
The 56th Annual Rockingham Rotary Auction is just around the corner, and donations are still pouring in.
In addition to the 1994 Ford Ranger pickup that was donated by Dieffenbach, pictured in the Friday Journal, four more vehicles have been donated for the auction block.
Clarke Inc. offered up a Plymouth Voyager, Ford Explorer XLT, Acura 3.0 CL and GMC Suburban. All are 1997 models.
“They will be parked in front of the Armory for people to look at before the auction,” said Bob Clarke, owner of Clarke Inc.
Last year, the Rockingham Rotary surpassed the $1 million mark raised for local charitable organizations since the auction began, and organizers are looking to continue the upward trend of funds the auction has continued to generate.
“We’ve amassed quite a collection of auction items this year, and they’re still coming in,” said Rick Bacon, Rotary president-elect and auction chair. “This auction is the chance to get great deals on everything from furniture to vehicles, while supporting Richmond County charities.”
The auction starts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, but the entire day will be a whirl of activity at the Rockingham Armory.
The Country Store and the bake sale will be open to the public all day.
“The Country Store is a bargain hunter’s paradise, and the bake sale is the perfect place to find homemade baked goods from some of the county’s best,” said Bacon.
Barbecue pork and chicken plates sales will kick off at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., and then ramp back up for the dinner crowd from 4:30 until 7:00 p.m. Plates are $7 each.
“Tommy Deese and his crew will be cooking up 2,800 pounds of barbecue pork,” said crew member Wiley Mabe. “We’ll start slow cooking it around 4:30 Monday afternoon, let it cook until around 5 a.m. Tuesday morning and then start chopping and seasoning before we take it over to the Armory.”
Mabe said the barbecue sauce is made by Deese, a recipe perfected over the years.
“My crew and I will be barbecuing 1,300 half chickens for the big day,” said Malcolm McLester. “We use a secret sauce recipe, developed and handed down by a previous member.”
There’s still a chance to get in on the truck raffle — tickets to win the new 2011 Chevy Colorado can still be purchased for $100.
“We’re only selling 400 tickets, and we have less than 10 left,” said Bacon.
Visa gas card raffle tickets worth $1,000 and $500 can also still be purchased for $5 each.
For more information, or to purchase barbecue plates, truck raffle tickets or gas card raffle tickets, call 910-331-3090.
— Staff Writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at email@example.com.