GENESEO – Boy Scout Troop 4070 in Geneseo will take its thirty fifth annual Farm Toy Present and Public sale on-line this yr.
The digital public sale, scheduled for Dec. 5, is open to the general public and will likely be led by Dann Auctioneers of Canandaigua. Proceeds profit Troop 4070 of Geneseo, and assist with the acquisition of Troop tools, journey and coaching bills.
Lengthy-time Boy Scout guardian volunteer Doug Harke continues to guide the planning efforts. Harke’s three sons have been members of Troop 4070.
Harke mentioned is optimistic in regards to the public sale, although he acknowledges being skeptical in regards to the format change, the results of restrictions as a result of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have now over 200 consigned farm toys already. Extra arrive on daily basis. The response has made me a believer,” says Harke.
This yr marks the thirty fifth anniversary of the occasion Harke began in 1986.
“Our distributors are household,” says Harke. “All of us greet one another by identify.”
Many distributors have attended since 1986, together with many collectors from Canada.
Photos of consignments, different objects, and a hyperlink to the Proxibid platform the place members might register and bid on objects is accessible on the present web site, https://bit.ly/geneseofarmtoyshow.
One of many present’s custom is a three-inch button. The buttons have been bought on Saturday morning and gave a vendor flooring rights and first choose of things on Saturday morning. Harke had no concept they’d develop into a collector’s merchandise.
“Our buttons are cherished,” says Harke. “We have now individuals who take into account their 1986 Geneseo Farm Toy Present button a household heirloom.”
The Troop is making a badge out there this yr to distributors commemorating 35 years of the Geneseo Farm Toy Present. Lisa Scoville of Geneseo created this yr’s brand which will even be made into a material patch for Scout collectors.
Boy Scouts will nonetheless be central to the occasion, organizers mentioned.
“For thirty-four years, our Scouts would arrange and run the occasion,” says Scoutmaster and Eagle Scout Bryan French. This yr, Scouts will work on packaging and transport. Geneseo Kiwanis, Sigma Tau Fraternity, and Geneseo Central College employees all supported the Geneseo Farm Toy Present.