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September 21, 2013

Thousands expected in area for horse and antique auction


The quality of the horse stock available at the sale is part of the draw. “The bidding numbers get really interesting when the right blood lines come up,” said Lengacher. “We’ve sold teams for $20,000 to $30,000. The largest single horse sale was $36,000.”

Most of the money being spent is by people from outside of the area and they are paying it to people who live in and around Daviess County. “The horses go for a lot money,” said Bobbitt. “What could be better for the community? This is money coming in from all over.”

The sale is an important piece of the economy for the Amish Country in eastern Daviess County. “There are about 700 Amish families in Daviess County,” said Bobbitt. “The profits from these sales help these families maintain their lifestyle. The families are very invovled with these animals. It is another income that helps them raise another generation.”

The Amish community sees another benefit from the event. “A lot of the people that come in from out of town get to see some of the work that is done around here,” said Lengacher. “They will make contacts with some of the craftsmen and will come back later and order some specific items”

The fall auction also reaches outside of the Amish community. “It’s unbelievable,” said Lengacher. “These visitors spend money at the motels, the restaurants, the gas stations. The impact is huge and good for the community.”

One additional item that keeps people coming back to the sale year after year is the hospitality. “We go all out to make the event special, and that includes the food.” said Lengacher. “The profits from those sales go back into the schools and churches in the area.

Organizers and the county have apparently worked out one area of concern. Dinky’s is located on CR 900E which is undergoing an extensive widening project. Officials say an agreement has been reached with the contractor on the project that will have the road open all the way from Cannelburg to Odon.

“There will be some special signs put up for people wanting to attend the sales,” said President of the Daviess County Commissioners Tony Wichman. “The Sherriff’s office will also have an extra presence along the road next week to help with the extra traffic.”

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