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Bidders Can Get a VW Beetle, Art, Boar Semen in 4-H Auction


AMES, Iowa--Fairgoers have two more days (as of Aug. 15) to bid on a 2007 Volkswagen Beetle convertible in the first ever Iowa 4-H Foundation online e-Bay auction in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair. The auction will help raise funds to support the Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development program.

Bidders can access the auction from home computers as well, by going to http://www.ebay.com and searching on i4h. The auction began Aug. 9 and runs through the Clay County Fair (Sept. 8-16). New items are added each day of the State Fair and run for 10 days each, ending with a total of 55 items.

The auction’s theme, “Everything Iowa,” runs the gamut from works of art to boar semen, and includes two 2008 NASCAR tickets (race to include an appearance by Jeff Gordon), a John Deere train set, a fishing package in northeast Iowa and a golf cart.
“Support of the online auction will help to keep 4-H strong across the state for the 126,000 young people who participate in 4-H every year,” said Joe Leisz, executive director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

Proceeds from the online auction help provide 4-H members with college scholarships, attendance at state-and national recognition such as 4-H Congress and National Conference and participation in 4-H livestock programs and judging contests. Funds also support volunteer training programs, international exchange opportunities and improvements for the Iowa 4-H Center.

Iowa 4-H is a community of young people across the state who are learning leadership, citizenship and communication skills. The program is headquartered on the Iowa State University campus in Ames.


Contacts :

Albert Grunenwald, Iowa 4-H Foundation, (515) 294-1537, abgrunen@iastate.edu


Carol Ouverson, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu