The 15th Annual 4-H Radio Auction will be held a week from Saturday, Nov . 16, with the entire county urged to participate. The auction is the biggest annual money raiser for an organization that serves well over 300 grade four through 12 Wallowa County youngsters participating in 29 different 4-H clubs.

As many as 400 items have annually been donated to the 4-H to be auctioned off over KWVR Radio from 8 a.m. until noon on that Saturday. The list of donated items will be printed in the Nov. 14 issue of the Chieftain. Event coordinator Doris Noland said last Friday that 310 items had been donated and more were coming in. Donations will no longer be accepted by the time this issue of the Chieftain is in print.

Items to be auctioned off range from apple pies to a romance package at the Wallowa Lake Lodge. One donated item organizers are excited about is a guaranteed landowner elk tag for the Nov. 8-16, 2003 elk season on the 27,000 acres of The Nature Conservancy. The successful bidder will purchase a three-day hunt (on dates of his or her choice) on the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve 25 miles northeast of Enterprise. Pre-scouting of the area may be available, though certain Nature Conservancy policies will apply to the hunt. Horses will not be allowed except to pack out an elk and then the horse must come from Wallowa County and be fed certified weed free hay. No motorized vehicles will be allowed off of roads and the purchaser will be responsible for all license and tag fees.

During the bid phone call, you can ask the current bid and then make your own bid.

People who plan to bid during the Nov. 16 auction can phone the extension office in Enterprise at 426-3143 to receive their bid number. Persons desiring a bid number the day of the auction should phone 426-4097.

Nine phone lines answering the number 426-0055 will be employed during the four hour auction.

Noland says that up to 40 4-H youth will be actively involved in the auction acting as runners, answering phones or speaking over the radio. The event is held at Cloverleaf Hall in Enterprise, but bids are only accepted over the telephone.

According to the coordinator no more than five bids can be made in one phone call during the final 1/2 hour of the auction. She encourages people to make their bids at an earlier hour because they might not be able to get through the busy phone lines later in the morning.

One year ago the radio auction raised $8,621, slightly down from the record $9,360 amount raised in the 2001 event. All of the proceeds go toward 4-H. Most of the money goes toward travel, trainings and publications for both 4-H members and 4-H leaders. There are some 84 volunteer leaders involved with 4-H programs in Wallowa County.

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