AMES, Iowa--The Iowa 4-H Foundation will launch its first online auction Aug. 9 as the Iowa State Fair gets under way. The auction, to be hosted through e-Bay, will help raise funds to support the Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development program, which reaches one in four youth in Iowa.
The auction goes live at midnight Aug. 9 and runs through the Clay County Fair (Sept. 8-16). Several Iowa counties will participate, with the proceeds to be shared between local and state 4-H programs.
The auction’s theme, “Everything Iowa,” includes items that are unique to the state. Some items include a 2007 Volkswagen Beetle convertible, two 2008 NASCAR tickets (race to include an appearance by Jeff Gordon), a John Deere train set, a Clay County Fair package, several works of art, a John Deere pedal riding tractor, and a fishing package in northeast Iowa.
Items listed on the auction will run for 10 days each, with new items added each day of the state fair, and concluding Sept. 16 at the close of the Clay County Fair.
“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.
To check out the auction or to bid on an item, visit www.ebay.com, and search i4h to find the current auction items. Also visit the Iowa State Fair, stop by the 4-H Foundation booth (located just inside the 4-H Exhibits Building) and look at several of the items --even place a bid.
Proceeds from the online auction help provide 4-H members with college scholarships, attend state-and national recognition such as 4-H Congress and National Conference and participate 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.