Annual consignment sale draws large crowd
By Taylor Kaser -
Despite dreary weather, the Morrow County Fairgrounds was a hub of activity during the annual farm equipment consignment sale on February 23.
Always held on the last weekend of February, auctioneer Bill Creswell said that this is the sale’s 32nd year being held at the fairgrounds. Creswell co-organizes the sale with fellow auctioneer Dwain Peak, who first started the auction day, Creswell joined 30 years ago.
The sale sprawls across the entire fairgrounds with hundreds of pieces of equipment and other farm related materials, including light construction materials.Everything farm related can be found, from tractors and large machinery to shovels and small tools.
A similar sale is hosted by the Morrow County Antique Tractor Tractor & Equipment Association, is held in August at the fairgrounds.
Creswell said that when it first began, the sale was one of the few of its kind held in Ohio, now they’re much more common. Buyers and sellers come from all around, even from out of state. He noted that about half of the items up for bid were from Morrow County.
About 3,500 bid numbers were assigned, plus others that came with bidders. Ten auctioneers worked six at a time throughout the fairgrounds auctioning various items. A clerk stays with the auctioneer and records the number of the item auctioned, who won the item, and for what price. Buyers can then pay after the information has been relayed back to the recording office at the fairgrounds.
A lot of effort goes into operating the giant sale, explained Creswell. Between 20–30 family members and friends helped. He also expressed his appreciation to the county officials and law enforcement that help.
“Without people to help us, we couldn’t do it,” said Creswell, “We have to call in a lot of favors, but we have a lot of fun doing it.”