MONTGOMERY — The auctioneer’s chant will act like a siren’s song next week drawing thousands of people to the annual fall machinery, antique and horse auction at Dinky’s Auction Center in eastern Daviess County.
Motel operators say their rooms have been booked months in advance for the annual event that brings horse, equipment, machinery and antique lovers from across the nation to southwestern Indiana.
“This is a huge event for our community,” said Samantha Bobbitt with the Daviess County Visitor’s Bureau. “People come from all over, looking for that right horse.”
Before the horses though there are two days of sales of antiques, machinery and equipment. “It’s pretty fast paced,” said auctioneer Levi Graber. “Antique-wise it might be hard to imagine, but we have 5,000 to 6,000 lots. Then we have the machinery and the carriages. For someone showing up for the first time it might be a little overwhelming.”
The antique, machinery and carriage auction will run on Tuesday and Wednesday. Organizers say over the years they have seen some unique items wind up on the block. “Sometimes it’s crazy,” said Dinky’s founder John Lengacher, Jr. “We sold a postal service mud coach that dated back into the 1890’s once for $25,000.”
More unique items are expected to go for sale next week. “We have more than 20 antique engines lined up and hand corn shellers,” said Lengacher. “These are the real thing.”
The antiques and equipment are a prelude to the horse sales that begin on Wednesday and run through Thursday. At least 5,000 people from 28 states will be at the 2 day horse auction. Anywhere from 400 to 600 horses will be on the block. “We are one of the top draft horse sales in the country,” said Lengacher.
“Unless you are out there in the midst of it you don’t realize this is like the Lexington, Kentucky of draft horse sales,” said Bobbitt. “Anyone with a need for these types of horses will be here, and these huge animals give new meaning to the words impressive.”