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September 21, 2007

Dinky's preparing for horse sale

CANNELBURG — Thousands of people from around the nation — around 10,000 to be exact — will gather here next week for one of the biggest annual events in Daviess County, the annual fall horse, carriage and antique auction at Dinky’s Auction Center.

“Next week, an interesting group of people from 30 to 40 states will come to see some of the finest draft horses in the world sold,” said facility owner Jerry Fuhs of French Lick. “Hotel rooms will be very hard to find.”

Tuesday will feature antiques, tack, wooden wagons and other small items, and Wednesday will offer tack, horse drawn machinery and garden plows. These auctions start at 8 each morning.

Then, draft and other horses will sell Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and Friday at 9 a.m. after the horse pull at 7.

John Lengacher established Dinky’s in 1995 when he saw a need in the community for a place for locals to sell their wares. He sold the building to Fuhs four years ago because of family issues, but Southern Indiana Auction Company board, made up of about a half dozen Daviess County residents, manages auctions at the building with a blend of both the Amish and English worlds, said security manager Jim Saul.

Dinky’s serves as an outlet for local farmers and entrepreneurs every Friday night when the auction center is not being used for the huge spring and fall sales of horses, farm equipment and antiques, said Fuhs.

This Friday, Dinky’s 10 auction rings were selling wares from lawn mowers to mums to farm animals. Even on a regular Friday, the center attracts people from outside the area.

David Skaggs o Heltonville bought two pygmy goats for $50. As his children took the goats back to their seats in the small animal ring, he said he has been coming a long way to Dinky’s.

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