Where a taste of wild blackberry pie will cost you $50 and a collection of autumn delights run about $500, many attending the Pacific County Fair this year as one of the last things that they do at the Fair, they attend the Helping Hands live Auction. This year the stylings of Dewey Adair as auctioneer, helped raise an estimated $4,361 for the charity.
With what looked like a relative small gathering inside the Willapa Valley gymnasium, the group kept the prices going to raise the donations for the local charity.
Willapa Harbor Helping Hands offers financial assistance to local cancer patients residing in North Pacific County. The group operating out of Labam, was founded in 2004 and have set their sights on helping those in need.
At first the audience was a little cool with Adair but he quickly garnered a rolling start after selling a full laundry basket of "12-Man" items for $475. There were home decorations, a drawing for a bicycle (won by Paul Hart of Bay Center), and school themed baskets from each local high school, of which RHS brought in a $300 donation for theirs.
A Time-Share was offered but was placed on hold, art, yard work, and even a strawberry-rhubarb pie.
With support from the cheerleaders who had just finished their demonstration and Raymond High School Principal Dave Vetter, the crowd stayed engaged to the final item.