Weed’s 2011 Chinese Auction at the Sons of Italy Lodge was a night of big prizes and big winners this past Saturday night.

Weed’s 2011 Chinese Auction at the Sons of Italy Lodge was a night of big prizes and big winners this past Saturday night. With local businesses donating thousands of dollars worth of prizes, the winners walked away with everything ranging from gift baskets and gift cards to San Francisco Giants tickets and furniture.

The biggest winner of the evening was Robin Keller, who went home looking forward to her one week stay in a Hawaiian condo, donated by Bob Davis.

Marilyn Yawnick rode off in an old fashioned Huffy bicycle donated by the Beta Sigma Phi sorority.

Luke Woodward will have to decide who he’ll take with him on his trip to Reno where he’ll be staying one night at Harrah’s with dinner for two.

Gabby and Jason Yoakum will put their heads together and think about how they’ll spend the $500 they won in the 50/50 auction.

At an event that has become one of Weed’s signature and most anticipated fundraisers and social gatherings, even the folks who went home empty handed were sporting the same size grins as those who hit it big.

Couples cheered and clapped as they watched their friends win gift baskets full of goodies.
Weed Chamber president John Diehm took home the first prize of the evening to a few sarcastic boos, at which point auctioneer and College of the Siskiyous president Randy Lawrence laughed and shouted “I swear, it’s not rigged.” Spirits were so high by that point, that it’s doubtful anyone would have cared if it was.

Lawrence and fellow auctioneer Mayor Rory McNeil of Yreka maintained the Weed Chinese Auction tradition of catching and calling out the foolish players who raddled their spoons against the bidding cans, in an attempt to simulate the sound of money.

The dessert auction, which preceded the Chinese auction, was filled with high bidding and even higher sugar, and may have been responsible for the elevated energy levels. Chris Ordway’s Lacy Chocolate Buttercup Cake alone fetched $105, while the dessert auction as a whole brought in  $515.

For those who had the energy leftover after the dinner and auctions, the tables were pushed back to make room for music and dancing. Donnie Fitzsimmons of Strawberry Fields DJ Company was there to keep the party going with a variety of music genres and strobe lights.

As it is every year, Weed’s Chinese Auction was a success in bringing generations of local residents together for a night of good food, good prizes and good cause.