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Ringgold Ruritan Auction full of action

May 28, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • People look over items at the Ringgold Ruritan Auction on Monday.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

RINGGOLD — Ned Robinson stood and assessed his purchases from the auction: various tools, shoes, some holiday decorations, books, puzzles, dishes and some metal he hopes to recycle.

“You name it, we got a little bit of everything,” said Robinson, of Hagerstown.

Robinson was among the dozens of people who showed up Monday at the annual Memorial Day Community Auction and Food Stand at the Ringgold Ruritan Club.

The auction has been in existence for more than 30 years and typically raises about $6,000 for the organization, said club President John Lefebure.

Local auctioneer Dennis Stouffer brings items to be auctioned and the public can also bring items, Lefebure said. Stouffer looks at the items from the public before the auction starts to determine if they are suitable to sell.

Then it’s auction time.

Lawn mowers, furniture, toys, glassware, ammunition “and a good number of bows and arrows” were lined up for the auction. Stouffer also brought along items from the estate of a jeweler, which included a Cadillac and riding lawn mower with power steering, Lefebure said.

Although the auction starts at 9 a.m., people usually start showing up at about 7 a.m. to scout out possible purchases, Lefebure said.

Then participants have to keep an eye open for an auctioneer getting close to their items, Lefebure said.

“It’s tricky because Denny has three auctioneers going,” Lefebure said.

Bob Rickett of Hagerstown was assessing two pickup loads of items after the auction. He said he was able to buy an 18-horsepower riding lawn mower for $200.

“It started right up,” Rickett said.

You don’t have to convince Stouffer the benefits of going to an auction. He said auctions were a way of life for him in his earlier years when money was tight.

“We either raised it and ate it, or went to an auction and bought it,” Stouffer said.

The Ringgold Ruritan Club has helped the community financially over the years and offers its building — a 1921 schoolhouse — for activities, Lefebure said.

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