Everyone loves an auction

Kelly Workman and Pat Webb of KJDY collect bids during the annual Grantski Radio Auction at the bank of Eastern Oregon. The auction is the Chamber's event to raise funds to promote Grant County. The Eagle/Hilary Miller

JOHN DAY - For 42 years the Grantski Radio Auction has been taking over the airwaves one day each spring. People county-wide try to outbid each other for everything from pre-paid bowling cards to haircuts to backhoe work. All in the name of promoting Grant County.

The annual event is sponsored by the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, with the generous support of area businesses and regular citizens who donate their services, gift certificates or items to be auctioned off. The money raised goes toward marketing Grant County. This year the friendly but fierce auction brought in a committed $7,422.85 before expenses - which is slightly less than last year. But there was also $275 in cash donations before the auction.

"It is much easier than when we had the live auction! But, it's very well worth it - and it's fun. It's a fun time," says Arlene McGetrick, Grant County Chamber of Commerce manager.

Radio auctioneers Kelly Workman, Pat Webb and KJDY owner Phil Gray took turns over 8-plus hours enticing callers to out bid their neighbors and friends for the varied booty.

"We need to thank all the donors and buyers who make Grantski possible. And we also need to thank the Bank of Eastern Oregon and KJDY. It takes a lot of cooperation to get the whole thing put together," says McGetrick.

Three items that fetched the most money, at $160, were a Carryall Buddy (to carry game out of the woods) from Second Generation Technologies of John Day, a one-can, one-year residential waste removal service donated by Clark's Disposal, and one half unit of hemlock fir studs from Prairie Wood Products. And nothing went to the wayside - everything was sold. Way to go Grant County!

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