Auction celebrates 50 years

Published 10:10 am Tuesday, March 6, 2012

SEABOARD — For a half of a century, visitors far and wide have traveled here to enjoy the combination of two long standing traditions in Eastern North Carolina—farming and auctions.

Each spring visitors from all over eastern North Carolina and Virginia have descended on Northampton County to take part in the Seaboard Lions Club annual farm-equipment auction.

On Wednesday, the civic organization will adhere to that Northampton tradition by hosting its 50th auction on the Seaboard Lions Club property located on Peanut Market Road just outside of town. The event will begin at 9 a.m.

“We’re looking forward to it being bigger and better than it’s ever been,” said Seaboard Lions Club member David Burke. “It’s really unheard of for a fundraising project to go on that long.”

Each year thousands of items are put on the auction block—farm equipment, antiques and collectables—a little something for everyone.

Burke said in recent years the auction has offered more antiques and collectibles than farm equipment and that has attracted a newer variety of customers.

“All the proceeds are used to give to blind people or people in need,” he said. “Seaboard Lions Club is a really good supportive group of people that help local people.”

Burke said North Carolina Lions Vision Van will be on site and visitors can receive a free eye exam from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.