The Silent Auction at the RCVFD Festival this Saturday, September 7, has collected some truly awesome donations from some truly awesome donors! There are too many items to list here, but most ARE on the Festival website festival.rcvfd.org. Here are just a few of the wonderful, useful, and unusual items that you REALLY should know about (and buy)!
- Ruben’s Rides: Ruben Arrieta has donated two off-roading tours in his vehicle ‘The Animal’. One is a half day for four people, and the other is a full day for four with food. He REALLY takes you out into the wilds! The half day trip is worth $300 with a minimum bid of $150; the full day is worth $600 with a minimum bid of $300.
- An engine-driven drafting pump for firefighting, irrigation, draining, or anything that requires a good flow of water over distance or height. It’s on its own trailer (with title) with a large DeeZee utility box, and lots of hose. Jon Stephens donated it to us (thank you, Jon!). Its value is $2,500, minimum bid $1,900.
- A wine-blending experience: Blendings Winery, a new place on Bingham Hill Road, has donated a two hour blending experience with three bottles of wine! Valued at $120. Thank you, Blendings and Trisha Johnston!
- A fly rod from Elkhorn, value $259 (thank you, Jon McQuillan!)
- A new 3500W gas powered generator donated by Jan Schmid, valued at $385
- Really good bike stuff. We have $200 in merchandise from Parkside Cyclery, and $250 in merchandise from Trek Cycles.
- A fun-filled weekend in Cheyenne. Tickets to see and feed the bison at Terry Bison Ranch (I tried it - they have long black sandpapery tongues!), lunch at their really good restaurant (feed the bison, eat the bison), a night at the Plains Hotel (it is beautiful), dinner at THEIR really good restaurant, passes to three GREAT Cheyenne museums, beer at Accomplice Beer Company (self-serve!) and lunch at the Rib and Chop House. Value $340.
- Beautiful handmade goods: Awesome table runners made by Juana Jackson, hand-knit baby sweater and kid’s sweater by Pat Carey, a queen-sized quilt valued at $600+ beautifully made by Kathy Macke (thanks, Lana), a patriotic yard sign by Alteration Boutique, Carolyn Stanley’s indestructible totes (4!), Gretchen Long’s awesome pottery, and many others will adorn our tent this Saturday!
- Rent a farmhouse at the Rist Canyon Inn for a night. You could have your dream event (wedding, reunion, birthday) at their beautiful venue and stash all your out of town guests here! Wedding not included, of course! Value: $695
- We have over 85 gift cards and certificates, for items ranging from meals and haircuts to escape rooms, tattoos, pizzas, dentistry, massages, and sewing machine repairs. There are others for classes and lessons in everything from fly fishing to weaving. Come check them out!
- There are some REALLY GOOD goodie bags from Ace Downtown Hardware, Trader Joes, Joy Organics, Kriser’s Pet Supply, Verns, and Copoco Honey.
- There will be a few rare books from the book tent: one a 1918 history of Larimer County, the other a 1923 book about restaurant layouts, including that of Denver Union Station (a window back into the 20s: hiring old men instead of young ones, waitresses starting their own childcare co-op, etc.)
I’m sure I missed some good ones, so you’ll have to come to the Festival to see the rest!
The hours for the Silent Auction are 10:00 am to 3:15 pm. Items can be collected starting at 4:15 at the auction tent. If you will not be there between 4:15 and 5:15, we will contact you to make other arrangements.
Janet Siegel, Silent Auction Chair