Just a few days remain until the Rockingham Rotary’s 57th annual Auction and Barbecue, which kicks off on Nov. 6 at the Rockingham Armory. New this year will be a special silent auction, held between the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. before the big auction at 7 p.m.
For those that prefer a more laid-back approach to bidding, the silent auction will provide an opportunity to keep track of select items throughout the course of the day.
Among the items for sale are a few novelty sports collectibles, hand-delivered from around the state.
“We are going to have two NC State basketballs, one football and a framed and signed picture of Philip Rivers,” said David Wood, president-elect and auction chair. “One basketball is autographed by the coach and the other is a team-autographed ball. The football is signed by Coach O’Brien.”
Also up for grabs is a UNC basketball, signed by the 2011-12 team, and various NASCAR collectibles.
“We’re also going to have golf packages for four at Pinehurst National, Beacon Ridge and Pinehurst #8,” Wood said. In addition, autographed copies of Sports Illustrated, signed by Harrison Barnes, Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler, will be auctioned off.
“I’ve got three framed Andy of Mayberry photos — two of them are black and whites,” Wood continued. “One of them is entitled ‘The Women of Mayberry,’ and the other is entitled ‘The Men of Mayberry.’ They’re wonderful, if you’re a fan of that. Those things are framed about 34 inches tall and about 28 wide, so they’re nice big pictures.”
Local gift certificates will also be available for bidding, including packages from Covington Eye Clinic and Bryant’s Turf and Landscaping, Inc.
“CSM O’Neal, who two years ago donated a shrimp boat, has this year given us two World War II era Mausers with matching numbers,” said Rotary President Rick Bacon. “These will be great collectors items and come with 100 rounds of non-corrosive ammunition.”
The valuable collectors pieces will be among the items auctioned off on Tuesday.
“We’re trying to be creative with this so it’s new and exciting,” said Treasurer Anne Edwards. “We’re going to end up with 25 to 30 very interesting purchases ranging from art to health to sports to jewelry. People have been very open-minded and giving — I’m very excited.”
Edwards added that the silent auction will allow items to be auctioned off for a better value, while also remaining a great bargain for bidders.
“In years past, the auction attendees are so tired by the time we get around to the gift certificates that they don’t go for what they’re really worth,” she said.
Throughout the day of the auction and barbecue, items will be on display on tables inside the Armory building.
Bids will open at 11 a.m. on Tuesday and will run until 6 p.m. Bidders will be able to call in to a designated phone number to check on the status of their bid throughout the day.
“Whatever (bid) is there at 6 is the winner,” Edwards said. “If there’s nothing on (the item) at 6, it goes into the big auction. Everything we have we’ll sell.”
The main auction will begin at 7 p.m. with Auctioneer Ronnie Hawks.
During the day, barbecue and chicken plates will be sold for $7. Visitors can also check out the County Store’s various treats and baked goods.
— Staff Writer Mallory Brown can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at email@example.com.