Delaware Agricultural Museum auction slated for Saturday

A 1953 Ford tractor is one of the items up for bids at Saturday's Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village auction. (Submitted photo)

A 1953 Ford tractor is one of the items up for bids at Saturday’s Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village auction. (Submitted photo)

DOVER — Two four-day passes to the Firefly Music Festival, a John Deere mower, two tickets to the Delaware Wine & Beer Festival, vintage military helmets, a Keurig K65 Signature with 36 K Cups, a 1953 Ford tractor and farming tools are just some of the items up for auction at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover Saturday.

Fans of live auctions, silent auctions, flea markets as well as book and bake sales will get a taste of all of these starting at 8 a.m. when doors open.

“This auction takes over 600 volunteer hours to pull off every year. The volunteers start working the Monday before the auction and all hands are on deck the day of the auction. Our volunteers work like a well-oiled machine, we are one lucky museum We have something for everyone,” said Di Rafter, museum director.

“Now that we have a designated storage unit for auction items we are able to start taking things the day after the auction for the following year’s auction,” said Richard Bergold, museum president

“Some of the stuff we are unloading we haven’t seen for a year and it’s like Christmas all over again”.

A privately funded museum, the DAMV — like many facilities — continues to face challenges in presenting educational programming like “Barter & Trade”, “Village Life” or “Then & Now”. A facility for weddings, parties and fundraising events for charities is also available.

Besides the live auction, the silent auction has typically offered items such as celebrity-autographed items, tickets to kid friendly events, golf outings, pet care items, a family night out to a restaurant, car washes, gift cards, gift baskets, collectors’ cars and tractors.

Among the silent auction items this year is a U.S. flag flown over the United States Capitol.

A popular feature of the day is the indoor flea market.

Items such as jewelry, frames and prints, seasonal items, lawn and garden goods, kitchen wares, pots and pans, fabric and bric and brac is organized in sections by volunteers.

Near the end of the event, flea market items are sometimes sold in box or bag lots at bargain rates — often $1-$5 per lot.

Also on view are many historic structures of the village — Loockerman Landing — plus the quilt show on exhibit and artifacts in the galleries.

The event will occur rain or shine, lasting until items are gone.

Food items and drinks are available for purchase. Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted. Please bring small bills and sturdy tote bags.

To make donations of items to the auction, call 734-1618 or deliver them to 866 N. DuPont Highway opposite Home Depot and adjacent to Delaware State University.

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