DALLAS — Scouts from Troop 281 have been stockpiling all kinds of toys for the past few months.
The Scouts are gearing up for the Back Mountain Memorial Library Auction, scheduled for July 7-10 on the library grounds on the corner of Huntsville Road and Franklin Street.
“The Scouts have been collecting toys for months,” Perry said. “We have everything from bicycles to squirt guns and games. We even have some adult bikes.”
The Saturday morning Children’s Toy Auction is being re-invented for 2016 as a Toy Tent operated by Boy Scout Troop 281 and open all four days of the auction, said Randy Perry, a Boy Scout Leader with Troop 281.
“The Scouts pretty much outgrew the one-day Children’s Auction. They have more than enough (items to sell) for four days. Plus, they can reach a much wider audience. We get folks from all over,” said Carol Warholak Sweeney, auction publicity chairwoman.
The new Toy Tent is just one of many new attractions slated for the 70th annual event.
“There is something for everyone,” said library director Martha Butler.
And everyone can get there safely thanks to a free shuttle service by G. Davis Inc. The shuttle service will run nightly from the Country Club Shopping Center on Route 309 in Dallas Township.
Festivities will kick-off Thursday night with the cutting of a big 70th birthday cake to celebrate the longevity of the library’s biggest fundraiser, said Warholak Sweeney.
Live musical entertainment will be provided by Step by Step.
Veterans from the Dallas and Harveys Lake American Legions will hold a Color Guard presentation at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 10, Warholak Sweeney said.
“They did it last year for us,” she said. “It was beautiful. We felt it was important to honor our veterans and those currently serving.”
Bid-Time Events are also a popular draw for auction-goers looking to keep young ones busy during prime bidding time.
All events take place from 7 to 9 p.m. inside the library. On Friday, kids will be treated to free balloon animals by Justincredible. Endless Mountains Nature Center will educate youngsters about different kinds of birds on Saturday, and Sunday will feature some photo booth fun for little ones.
Shoppers will find two new vendors mixed among the Plant, Jewelry and Nearly Old tents. Twig Leaf Flower, operated by Rebecca Nicely, will sell a selection of aromatherapy lotions, lip balms and scrubs. Plus, Maureen Hozempa will offer a variety of decorative merchandise.
Guests who like to savor the flavors of the auction will not be disappointed. Food vendors will include The Ranch Wagon; Smoothies by Dan McDonough; fried banana with chocolate and raspberry sauce by Phil Delzeit; Nice’s Potato Pancakes and Huluski; The Lands at Hillside Ice Cream; Zina’s Homemade Fudge Fudge and Rice Pudding; Rootbeer Floats by Clem Norman; Denise Vavles’ Gyros and Greek Food; sandwiches, wraps, soup and salads by Sara Wies; and Country Girl Kettle Corn.
The auction block has evolved from livestock in the event’s early days to antique and slightly used furniture, household items and quilts.
Leslie Horoshko, the chairwoman of antiques, began collecting donations for the auction since March.
“We have about 400 antiques,” she said.
One unique piece going up for bid is a Tiffany-style Dragonfly Lamp. Horoshko purchased the lamp from a house sale just for the auction.
“It (the lamp) is not really old, but it is a quality piece,” she said.
Other items include a “turn of the century” white couch and a set of red chairs that were painted before World War I, she said.
Sarah Hite Hando contributed to this report. Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews.