The Washington Times-Herald


September 26, 2012

Horse auction draws crowds


Many out of town visitors have traveled to Daviess County this week for the yearly horse auctions at Dinky’s Auction Center on CR 900E.

Thousands of farmers, horsemen and even curious tourists have packed the hotels for the 14th edition of the largest sale in Daviess County’s Amish country.

For Mary and Neal McFadden of Lafayette, La., this year’s auction was their first.

“And we are definitely coming back next year,” Mary McFadden said.

The McFaddens were one of many visiting our area for the annual antiques, horses and carriages that grace the grounds of Dinky’s.

The auctions started Tuesday with the fall machinery, carriage and antique auction. That auction continues today until 5 p.m., when the annual fall standard bred auction begins.

Another first-time visitor, Charles Lewis, came from Texas with a friend, R.D. Kujawa, who is from Waxahachie, Texas. Kujawa has been to Dinky’s before, but not for the past six or seven years.

“It’s the biggest I’ve ever been to,” Lewis said.

Kujawa bought a wagon and the two will make it up to Michigan before heading back to Texas. One person that will not be heading south is Vince Amlin of London, Ontario. Amlin has been coming with his wife for a few years now and collect carriages.

“It’s the only place you can come and see this much in one place east of the Mississippi,” Amlin said.

On Thursday, the Daviess County Horse and Colt auction will take place, and the event ends on Friday with the Knepp Horse and Colt auction. Samantha Bobbitt, Executive Director of the Daviess County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau, said approximately 10,000 visitors to the fall auctions.

“Whether the buyers are here to purchase tack, saddles, carriages, antiques or draft horses, the auctions draw crowds from all over the United States,” Bobbitt said. “Amish people have an entrepreneurial spirit like few others and these auctions give outsiders a glimpse into their simpler lifestyle.”

Also, they help figure out what some of those antiques are. Two older gentleman stood next to a contraption that had two wheels, a handle, and a plunger-type lever on top.

“What is it?”one asked.

“I really don’t know,” the other answered.

Just then, an Amish visitor from the Pennsylvania area came over.

“I think it’s a bundler (for wire fences),” the man said.

Brewster McCleod from Lexington, Ky., has been coming for five years. He said he enjoys the Amish spirit every time he visits.

“It’s just fun to come and connect with the Amish,” McCleod said.

McCleod purchases many items and repurposes them. He might make furniture out of a piece of farm equipment. He bought some large mirrors from one of the three auctions happening simultaneously inside Dinky’s.

“I love to take some of the items they sell for the outside and take it inside,” McCleod said.

While McCleod is looking for items for different purposes, some are there for one purpose only — to sell. Keith Lee from Gulfport, Miss., has been coming for a decade, bringing items he has purchased and made through various interests.

Lee brought an eclectic variety of items, including a steering wheel from a ship, some Native American wood carvings, a 16-foot steel gate and some furniture made from whiskey barrels.

He said he will sell all of them this week. He will also buy some items as well.

“I always enjoy it,” Lee said. “It’s a vacation to come here.”

Throughout the auction, the Gasthof will sell Amish food. An Amish bake sale will benefit the area Amish schools.

Boots, or shoes that one does not care if they get dirty, should be used.

Text Only
Local News
  • Norma Lee

    SHOALS — Norma June Lee, 76, died Tuesday at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville. Born April 14, 1938, in Dover Hill, she was the daughter of Raymond and Etta (Roberts) Sanders. She was a graduate of Vincennes University and had formerly worked a

    July 23, 2014

  • Helen Dages
  • David Bean
  • Anita 'Jody' Hawkins
Local Sports
Community News
Must Read
Clicker Ticker
Times Herald Video
You Need To Know Now!
Featured Ads
Times Herald Photo

2014 Washington Catholic High School Prom

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide