The sky's the limit at 4-H cake auction

August 04, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Monterey Jack just didn't want to play on the see-saw yesterday.

The light brown and black llama balked and pulled every time the Finksburg Funnies 4-H club members tried to lead him over the board during a demonstration at the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair last night.

But Bear Market was definitely ready to play. He readily went over the board, around the trail marked by plastic pipes and through the slalom course.

"This is their first time in public, and they're a little afraid," said the announcer. "But the children are doing a good job of keeping them under control."

Meanwhile, a crowd of Carroll County business owners and 4-H supporters were purchasing homemade goodies at the annual cake auction.

Money from the sale goes to support the 4-H program or to the Kimberly Baile Scholarship Fund, named for a 4-H member who died in a car accident about three years ago.

"Don't be pointing at an airplane, lady," auctioneer Henry Dodrer called as a red-haired woman motioned upward. "You're going to buy yourself a cake."

Bidding for the grand champion baked good, a blueberry cake made by Amanda Tracy, started at $500 and quickly started to climb.

As the numbers went higher and higher, Amanda's grin grew bigger and bigger.

Eventually, Frantz School Pictures shelled out "fifteen hundred little dollar bills," auctioneer Nevin Tasto sang out.

The other grand champion items fetched anywhere from $100 for Andrea Drzewianowski's fancy cookies to $500 for Cheryl Owings' two-toned pound cake.

"We aren't going to keep you much past midnight anyway," Mr. Tasto joked during the auction.

The big bargains were cakes made by the boys, all of which were either champions or blue ribbon winners.

But many didn't break the $100 price range.

"Folks, do you know how good a raisin pie tastes?" auctioneer Jim Beaver asked, trying to tweak the bidding higher on Ted Witiak's creation.

The pie earned $70 for the 4-H fund.

"I know you all want to bid," Mr. Beaver said when the bidding slowed down. "We just can't see you up here."

The total amount raised by the auction will be available later this week, organizers said.

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