DALLAS — Organizers were pleased with a high turnout for Thursday night’s opening of the 68th Annual Back Mountain Memorial Library Auction, which continues through Sunday.
“It’s a very good start to our weekend,” said library Board President Ron Moran, as he looked out over the crowed lot in front of the auction stands. “We had very good weather. I don’t remember this many people sitting out here for the auction on the first night.”
One attendee, Jordon Nichol, of Dallas, said he’s been coming to the auction for as long as he can remember.
“I live at the end of the street, so it’s kind of hard not to come,” said the 18-year-old, adding the best part is hanging out with friends from school who he hasn’t seen all summer.
Judy McCarroll, of Lehman Township, and her son, Will, also make the auction an annual tradition. Their favorite part this year was shopping in the Odds and Ends Tent, where they purchased some glasses they plan to use for the dime pitch at the annual bazaar at Saint Robert Bellarmine Parish in Wilkes-Barre during the first week of August.
“We like coming to this tent to see what kind of bargains we can find,” Judy McCarroll said. Will added that he also enjoys coming for the food.
None of it would be possible, however, without the help of volunteers, such as Boy Scout Troop 281, of Dallas. The troop not only set up once this year, but twice, after a thunderstorm ripped through the grounds Tuesday night causing severe damage to the tents and much of the merchandise.
“We started about a week ago,” said Scout Master Ron Santora, “setting up the tents, clearing the grounds, moving merchandise. We worked all day Monday, Tuesday, then the storm hit and did a lot of damage.”
The Scouts and other volunteers stuck with it, many working 15 hours a day or more to ensure the event opened on schedule.
One Scout, Corey McAndrew, said the work fits in well with what the Scouts do, and they were all glad to help.
“Especially after the storm,” McAndrew said. “The tents were down, and then it started raining again …”
Danny Burkhart added, “I love helping. I always love helping.”
A third Scout, Michael Santora, said he’s also been attending the auction as long as he can remember, and it’s well worth the effort to him.
“The auction means a lot to a lot of people,” he said, “so to see them enjoying it, that’s always nice.”