Fall Festival: Silent auction to raise money for sound system

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By Anna Skinner

Lions Club Park will be buzzing with activity during this year’s Fall Festival, and attendees don’t have to miss out on any of the excitement during the annual silent auction.

Silent auction organizer Jennifer Blandford said a website will be available for participants to bid online before the event. When they arrive at the park to bid on the day of the auction, they can roam around the park and will be notified via text message if they have been outbid. They can even up their bid through their phone as well.

Set for 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 12, the auction has something for everyone, including trips, collectables, household items, gift certificates and more.

“The silent auction is one of our larger fundraisers as part of fall festival,” Blandford said. “It’s always for products in the park. We’ve earmarked out funds in the auction this year to go to a new park speaker and sound system so all of our events can be heard through the park.”

The sound system cost could be up to around $20,000. Last year, the silent auction brought in $26,000.

If more than the required amount for the sound system is raised, the funds will go to playground equipment replacement, a new gazebo roof, maintenance and flood recovery.

Blandford said she will take donation items for the auction up until Sept. 11.

“Businesses and individuals should consider donating because we feel like Lions Park adds to our community and to the success of Zionsville,” Blandford said. “With our park at the heart (of Zionsville), the events that we host contributes to the quality of life here. It’s a great way for businesses to say thank you.”

For more information or to donate an item, email Blandford at jblandford@callcarpenter.com.

Read more about the Zionsville Fall Festival here.

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