For nearly a quarter century, the Water Valley Charity and Stud Auction has been held to support the Water Valley Community Association (WVCA) and it has been successful over the year. Held Mar. 22, this year’s event raised the bar.
Over $20,000 was raised from the lively auction of goods, services and local ‘studs’
Those studs included six local men of the area who teamed up to be auctioned off to do four hours of yard work. The offering was so popular with the crowd of 150 people who jammed the Water Valley Saloon that they weren’t sold off just once, but twice.
“They sold for $800 for an afternoon of work, twice,” said Jodi Ouellette, WVCA director. “So, for two afternoons of helping out some neighbours, the community received $1,600 in this year’s auction.”
There were lots of other treasures auctioned off, too, including a hockey stick signed by all six Sutter brothers. That went for $1,000.
Dan Butler, of 96.5 CKFM in Olds, emceed the 24th annual event and he kept the one-liners flowing. Auctioneers Bill and Don Morison, meanwhile, kept the bids coming with the help of the Wild Rose Riders Rodeo Drill team.
Normally the event raises between $10,000 and $13,000 for the community association, so officials are pleased with the big jump in proceeds. Money raised is used to help support the association and goes for everything from paying phone bills to making improvements to the community.
It’s one of several events the association stages during the year to raise funds and have fun. The next major event is the Celtic Festival on June 22.