POSEY COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — Tonight, people in Posey County went bananas for banana bread made by kids. On the first night of the fair each year, the 4-H program hosts a food auction. While it might appear to be all fun and games, one 4-H leader says the bidding wars can get heated.
“We get some families bidding against families, even family members bidding against family members, and that just makes it special. We get Grandma, maybe Grandpa wants to buy their grandchild’s cake, and we know that, it’s going to cost them to get that cake,” said 4-H Leader Chris Mulkey.
The desserts are lined up and judged early in the morning. Then they’re auctioned off to a crowd of hungry bidders.
“We are auctioning off the food items that our 4-Hers baked and made, along with our county extension open class. It’s competitive, it can be very competitive,” said 4-H Council President Kim Krieger.
The auction started 31 years ago when people in the community didn’t want to see award winning delicacies thrown away.
“When we first started it, the other guys ahead of me did, they would sell a plate of cookies for a quarter and a pie might bring three dollars. And now a pie brings 150 dollars, 175 dollars,” said Mulkey.
After the auction, all of the money collected is donated to support the kids in the 4-H program. This year’s auction brought in 4,000 dollars.
(This story was originally published on July 15, 2019)