Our Annual Auction
This is an auction by beekeepers and for beekeepers. CIBA has hosted this auction for a number of years, usually the second-to-last Saturday of April. It’s a great time after a long winter for beekeepers to sell equipment they do not use anymore, or to find items they need at a great price. And the bonus is that you have another good reason to gather and visit with other beekeepers.
The auction is CIBA’s primary fundraiser. The general consignment fee is 15 percent; club members who consign by March 1 pay only 10 percent. Members can also donate items for the sale, with all proceeds going to the club. Funds go to a good cause – to help pay for CIBA’s educational programs not only for our members but other beekeepers who attend.
In 2019, the auction was held for the first time at the Washington Township School in Minburn. In years prior, it was conducted at Spring Valley Honey Farms near Perry. The auction was postponed and then cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic; in 2021, the auction was conducted online via Facebook.
The Honey Queen/Ambassador Committee has offered delicious food and hot and cold drinks at a concession stand during the in-person auction. All proceeds support the honey queen and ambassador. Read more about this valuable program.
If you would like to help with the auction, we’re always looking for volunteers. Find out more about the Auction Committee.
Take some time and peruse pictures from our Spring 2019 Auction below!