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The nearly 50-year-old playground equipment at the Polk County Fairgrounds will be sold through a silent auction to help raise funds for future fair enhancements.
July 17, 2012
RICKREALL -- The Polk County Fair Foundation plans to sell through silent auction 19 pieces of playground equipment that have been a centerpiece of the Polk County Fairgrounds since 1963.
The items will be auctioned off during the 2012 Polk County Fair, scheduled Aug. 9-12.
"We think the pieces we have selected for sale will resonate with people who have enjoyed these items at the fair over the years," said Anne May, president of the Polk County Fair Foundation. "The pieces will make wonderful yard or room decorations, and all proceeds will go to support the long-term maintenance and development of the fairgrounds."
The yard sets will be replaced with updated playground equipment.
To avoid the carnival atmosphere of many county fairs, the Polk County Fair Board in 1963 installed the playground equipment.
The pieces may be viewed at the Fair Foundation booth during the fair. All bidders will be required to register for their bid number and bids may be submitted until 2 p.m. Aug. 12. Successful bidders will remove their item on Aug. 14.
May said the sale project is being done in cooperation with the Polk County Fair Board and the Fair Improvement Association.
"As a Foundation Board, we think there is sentimental value to these items and their sale, along with the bricks sales, will help the Foundation enhance financial support for the Polk County Fair," May said.
May noted that the Foundation's commemorative bricks will also be on sale during the fair. The first set of bricks was installed last month inside the main building.
"Both sales reflect the Foundation's efforts to enhance the fair brick by brick," she noted.
For more information on the auction or the foundation's brick program: Polk County Fair office, 503-623-3048.