Across Wallowa County folks are putting the 4-H/KWVR Radio Auction phone number on speed dial.

The 30th annual version of the popular event, which raises money for Wallowa County 4-H programs, takes place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. As usual, the event will be broadcast live on KWVR Radio.

Look inside the Oct. 19 issue of The Chieftain for a green insert that lists all of the items to be auctioned. The list with photos of items also is available online at the Check the website during the auction for updates on bids. Items will also be available for viewing at Cloverleaf Hall on Saturday morning.

Bidders can compete for everything from home-baked goodies, hay, gravel, frozen berries, tools, gift certificates from local businesses and more. The auction works like any other auction, can be followed on the radio or online, and bidders call in to place bids. There is no need to wait for your item to be mentioned on the radio; 4-H members answering the phones can give the current bid. It is possible for two people to bid on the same item at the same time — in that case the bidder whose bid is entered first will be the top bidder.

Bidders should call for a bidding number starting Friday at the OSU Extension Office, 541-426-3144. Bidding numbers are required before the 4-H members can take a bid. When phoning in bids Saturday, call 541-426-7778. There are six lines with this one number so bidders should be able to get right through. By the end of the morning all lines may be busy so keep trying, after 11 a.m. bidders may only bid on five items per call — simply hang up and call again.

Please give the 4-H member answering the phone your bidder number and last name, then the item number and a brief description of the item. Bid takers will provide the current bid and you may place a higher bid with a minimum increase of at least $1.

You also may bid at the Cloverleaf Hall until 11 a.m. There will be adults and 4-H members available to assist you with your bidding. After 11 a.m. you will need to call in your bids so that bidding opportunities are fair for everyone.

The money raised from the auction funds project materials for leaders and 4-H youth. It also helps fund travel to regional, state and national activities, as well as county events.

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