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June 27, 2017 - 3:00pm

For many years Gene and Peggy Bontrager were owners of Ringneck Hunting Preserve in Darien, NY. Now in retirement, they have sold their property and are moving to Tennessee. This auction will include their personal property. Please join us on June 29th at 5 p.m. at 2407 Broadway in Darien.

July 15, 2016 - 4:10pm

(Tyler Jirovec with his Grand Prize steer.)

Wallets heavy, hands at the ready; enthusiastic buyers weren't holding much back Thursday night. Buyers showed up in numbers for the 4-H livestock auction ready to see the best lambs, goats, hogs, and steer available at the Genesee County Fair.

Bill Hayes, owner/president of Turnbull Heating & Air Conditioning, won the Market Steer Overall Project Champion and Jr. Showmanship Champion for $2.20 a pound or an estimated $2,800. He then donated the steer right back to the 4-H; the champion steer weighed in at 1,390 pounds and was raised by Oakfield resident Tyler Jirovec. 

"I come to the auction every year to support these good kids, parents and staff," Hayes said.  

This is the first year the 4-H has allowed you to donate your winnings back to the program.

"I can see myself donating the animal back to 4-H, the program is so great," said Genesee County resident Bill Baskin. "I come every year, haven't missed one in a long time."

The 4-H champions are determined by a point system; points are added up based on your participation in 4-H meetings, community service, your overall placement, and showmanship. The individual with the most points by the Genesee County Fair date is Project Champion; the winner gets a large ribbon to show off.

"If you win Grand or Reserved Project Champion when you step into that ring, everyone wants to bid on you," said Tim Adams, 4-H swine club leader.

The 4-H Swine Club raises show hogs. The club has around 20 members ranging in age 8 to 19 years old. At initial weigh-in, a student's hog cannot weigh more than 80 pounds and must weigh between 210 and 285 pounds by the time of the fair. Adams says he donates roughly four hours of his time to the 4-H daily, and during fair week even more.

This year was special for the Swine Club, members were able to get rid of their wood pens and install metal ones, which are more sanitary for the animals and people.

"4-H is so much more than just marketing animals; it's a small family," Adams said.

The 4-H takes devotion and a lot of effort on the students' part. Some kids spend two or three hours a day grooming, walking and feeding their show animals. The learning experience doesn't stop at the children either; parents learn a lot about what it takes to raise a hog, cattle, goat or lamb.

"It's nice to have kids and friends to learn and grow with you," said Kevin Bezon, parent of Tucker and uncle of Leah and Ashton Bezon -- all 4-H participants.

"I easily spend three or four hours a day to the animals," said Tucker Bezon, proud owner of an impressive 1,208-pound steer.

Fourth-year 4-H participant Shianne Foss from Corfu placed fourth overall with a 1,300-pound steer. Much like other 4-H'ers, Shianne doesn't just go to the Genesee County Fair, she travels all over Western New York to show off her livestock and hard work. 

Overall Project Champion, Rate of Gain Champion, and Reserve Project Champion Miasy Ross was ecstatic after her lambs sold for top dollar. Placing one and two overall, Miasy is a very dedicated 4-H member and has been in the program for years.

"I actually gained so many friends, I wish more people did this," Miasy said.

4-H Livestock Auction is a great place for local farmers and livestock owners to display the results of their toil. You can feel the good spirits and pride of showmanship that abound while walking the auction grounds.


(Micheal Ermantrout had the Grand Champion goat.)



(Shianne Foss completes some final grooming before the auction.)


(Peggy Shuknecht, of Elba, holds Helena Kotarski, 2, so she can pet a cow.)


(Cole Phelps relaxes before the auction.)




(Photos by Howard Owens.)

To purchase prints, click here.

May 9, 2015 - 10:24am
posted by Maggie Nichols in food, Chicken Bar-B-Q, rummage sale, auction, Bake Sale.
Event Date and Time: 
June 24, 2015 - 3:30pm to 6:30pm
71st Annual Strawberry Social  Featuring our famous Chicken BBQ 4 pm till sold out.  $9 adult $7 senior citizen $7 children (4-11 years old) children under 3 are free.  Large variety of Strawberry deserts are available for purchase starting at 4pm.  Rummage sale 3:30pm till 6:30 pm Bake sale 4pm till 6:30pm  Annual Auction starts at 6:30pm (Baskets, gift certificates, pies, plants and more!!) We now accept credit cards as payment for auction items, there is a 3% surcharge on all charges.  Cash & good checks are always welcome.  7908 Alleghany Rd, Corfu, NY 14036. (585) 762-9105
March 27, 2015 - 10:16am
posted by Kathleen Shamrock in auction, chinese auction, basket.
Event Date and Time: 
March 28, 2015 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Don't forget to stop by the Bethany Fire Hall for our semiannual Basket Auction this Saturday (March 28)! We have a large variety of baskets and tons of gift cards to bid on!  All proceeds go to help the Bethany Fire Department.
Time: 12pm-3pm 
Drawing begins @ 1:30
Refreshments available 
Bethany Fire Hall
5253 Old Telephone Rd 
East Bethany NY, 14054
October 27, 2014 - 2:17pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, auction, business, Delavan's Restaurant.

Dozens of people, including a few local business owners, packed into the former Delavan's Restaurant, 107 Evans St., Batavia, this morning for an auction of the building's contents.

Everything sold, except for the kitchen sink and the building it's attached to.

The real estate is still available, so here's your chance to own your own bar and grill, or maybe the ultimate man cave.

The auction was conducted by Bontrager's.

June 9, 2014 - 6:11pm
posted by Karen Grinnell in auction, events, chicken BBQ, indian falls.
Event Date and Time: 
June 25, 2014 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Indian Falls United Methodist Church is having it's annual Chicken BBQ and auction. BBQ served 4 till 7pm and the auction starts at 7pm. See you there!

June 20, 2013 - 12:19pm
posted by Richard Cilano in auction, events, east bethany.
Event Date and Time: 
June 22, 2013 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Mary Immaculate Parish invites you to a HUGE Auction on Saturday, June 22 at the Immaculate Conception Hall, 5865 Ellicott Street Road, East Bethany. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., Auction begins at 6:30 p.m. Check out some of our items by going to www.maryimmaculateny.org.

September 8, 2012 - 11:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in auction, Batavia Kiwanis Club.

This morning a couple members of the Batavia Kiwanis Club went to Paul White's place to get a look, and take a ride, on his paraglider.

White is donating a ride on the paraglider to be auctioned off at the club's Bidding on a Brighter Future Auction & Gala at Batavia Downs on Sept. 22.

The event is the club's big annual fundraiser to benefit the Child Advocacy Center, which needs to move into a new home that it will own.

Last year, the event raised $30,000 for CAC. Kiwanis members have set a goal of $150,000.

The center has assisted more than 1,400 children who were victims of physical and sexual abuse over the past 13 years. CAC provides a safe and comforting environment for forensic interviews, medical examinations and advocacy for children who are victimized in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

Besides the paraglider ride, this year gala guests will be able to bid on a fully stocked freezer, sea cruises, cigars and accessories, fun in South Carolina -- a Hilton Head stay and a Myrtle Beach vacation, a Batavia Police Department "CSI Experience," a private pistol lesson for two with a sharpshooter from Batavia PD, fresh baked pies, children's scooters, a stained glass work, couch, chairs, sink and vanity, double oven, jewelry and lots more.

Tickets are $40 per person or $75 for a couple. Sponsorship levels range in price from $50 to $5,000. Sponsors must sign up by Sept. 12.

The club is also still accepting donations.

All donations to the foundation are tax deductible.

For more information, contact Anita at 813-5371 or Grace at 344-8576.

Below: Kiwanis member Peter Guppenberger prepares for a ride with Paul White. Photos provided by Grace Flannery.

June 7, 2012 - 12:02pm
posted by Darin Schlaggel in auction, chicken BBQ, IFUMC.
Event Date and Time: 
June 27, 2012 - 4:30pm to 9:00pm

Strawberry Social at Indian Falls United Methodist Church

Wednesday June 27, 2012

Chicken BBQ starting st 4:30

hot dogs and hamburgers are also available

auction to start at 7 PM

November 15, 2011 - 12:54pm
Event Date and Time: 
December 1, 2011 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm

2011-2012 Batavia Business and Professional Women’s Club Meeting

Thursday December 1, 2011  Christmas Cookie, Pastry,

Cakes and Gifts Auction

Fund Raiser for Service Awards – Remember to Bring your “Auction” Item

Where:   Bohn’s Restaurant on Route 33 in Batavia

Social Hour 5:30pm

Dinner at 6:15pm

June 8, 2011 - 9:10am
posted by celinda mcquistion in auction, food, fun, Strawberry Desserts.
Event Date and Time: 
June 22, 2011 - 4:30pm to 9:00pm

May 20, 2011 - 2:52pm
posted by Ann Winters in auction, chinese auction, brunch.
Event Date and Time: 
October 1, 2011 - 11:30am to 3:00pm
Batavia Business and Professional Women's Club is Celebrating 90 Years!
Tickets are on SALE NOW for our Live Basket Auction & Brunch
All Proceeds benefit Genesee County Scholarship and Service Organizations!
Brunch & Auction Tickets $20 - Auction Tickets Only $10
April 13, 2011 - 7:03pm
posted by Marie Nettnin in auction, genesee county, youth, Christian, Young Life, Harris Wilcox.
Event Date and Time: 
April 30, 2011 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

 Saturday, April 30  Byron Fire Hall      Rt. 262, Byron

Auctioneer:   Harris Wilcox Inc.

Pre-viewing 4:00 pm      Sale Starts at 5:00 pm


Themed Baskets, Gift Certificates of All Kinds, Sporting Events, Baked Goods….

  All proceeds go directly to Genesee County Young Life.

Refreshments will be served.




November 23, 2010 - 10:49am
posted by Timothy Walton in batavia, auction, Property.

The City of Batavia has eight properties owned by people who didn't pay their taxes. Monday night the city council voted to move forward with getting new owners for the properties. It agreed to put six of them up for auction, sell one to Habitat for Humanity and explore redevelopment options for the other.

The properties consist of five houses, plus two parcels of land zoned residential, and one commercial property located at 13-15 Jackson St., which is in Jackson Square.

The auction would hopefully allow the city to gain back some, if not all, of the unpaid taxes.

Councilman Bill Cox questioned that if the properties were sold to cover back taxes, would that change their assessed value? City Manager Jason Molino said he would be surprised if some of the properties sold for the amount owed.

They will be sold for prices lower than the surrounding houses. But in a distressed sale, Molino said the price of a "spotted" property is typically considerated without regard to the higher values of those around it.

Three of the residential properties have tenants. And one of the properties on Ellicott Street will have to be condemned due to the "terrible" shape it's in.

Council agreed to sell one of the properties to Habitat for Humanity, which will rebuild the house so it can become the home of a low-income family. Council saw this as an opportunity to take a house in rough shape and ensure it would be fixed up for a new family.

This was done as part of the Housing Development program.

Council President Marianne Clattenberg said that by starting out with one house being redeveloped, it gives them a chance to "start slow and see how this program works."

Molino carefully chose Habitat in order to virtually guarantee decent results for the first rehab project. Other agencies can be explored another time.

"The goal is to refurbish these houses and put families in them," Clattenberg said. 

Habitat is currently working on a house it bought for around $17,000. But Councilman Samuel Barone noted that it has never come up with the type of money it would need for this house-- nearly $21,000 in back taxes.

Molino said that before a sale contract is written, the nonprofit organization would be asked for a letter of commitment, promising completion of the project.

The only commercial property in arrears, 13-15 Jackson St., will take some time before a new owner can buy it.

The building has some historical background, according to Councilwoman Patti Pacino. Since it's in the Batavia Improvement District (downtown), the council would like to see it developed into something beneficial for the community.

They voted "yes" to seeking development options. The council wants to see the building used for a taxable purpose.

"It's going to take time," says Molino, who will have to gather information about what can be done with the property.

He added that his office has received interest in the building in the past.

Councilman Frank Ferrando said something needs to be done to avoid these situations. Action needs to be taken to get people and businesses to stay in the area.

"We talk about it and we don't take action," Ferrando said. "That's why these things happen. There isn't enough opportunity."

Councilman Bob Bialkowski summed the whole property situation up by saying "It's just very sad."

May 2, 2010 - 9:45pm
posted by Elizabeth Krenzer in auction, Gardening, Garden Club.
Event Date and Time: 
May 19, 2010 - 6:30pm to 9:35pm

Annual Stafford Garden Club Plant Auction will be May 19, 2010 at 6:30 P.M.  Auction will be held at the Stafford Town Hall, 8903 Rt 237, Stafford, NY.  For more information call Sue (585-344-0834).   Come bring a friend and enjoy a fun evening of buying plants.  Even bring some of your own plants to the auction.

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