67th annual Lord’s Acre Auction set for Oct. 12

FAYETTE – Come one, come all to the 67th annual Lord’s Acre Auction on Saturday, Oct. 12. Whether you’ve never experienced this event before or you’re an auction regular, you will be welcome. The auction is sponsored by the Fayette Congregational Church and will take place at the Fairbanks Township Hall in Fayette.

With the exception of donations and offerings, the auction proceeds are the sole source of income that the church obtains in order to stay in operation year after year.

When Lord’s Acre Auction first began shortly after the end of World War II, the church’s pastor asked farmers in the congregation to designate a portion of their land as the “Lord’s acre.” Farmers planted seed furnished by the pastor, and agreed to give a percentage of the crop yield to the church.

Because markets were too far away from Fayette to make for profitable sales, church members decided to hold an auction. And many years later, the auction tradition continues.

Auction goers can expect a variety of items to bid on, such as homemade jams and jellies, fresh fish fillets, fresh smoked fish, quilts, pumpkins, wall hangings, decorative wreaths, and a host of other homemade handcrafted items.

“This is a very laid back event with plenty of laughs from our humorous auctioneers,” said Trina Nedeau, one of the auction organizers.

Prior to the auction, there is a baked goods sale which will begin at 11 a.m. sharp. The auction will follow at 11:30.

Directions to the event are as follows: Turn off Hwy U.S. 2 at Foxy’s Den in Garden Corners, continue south about 19 miles, and look for the Lord’s Acre Auction sign (Fairbanks Township Hall).