Rotary Auction returns in-person, kicks off 4th festival

The 62nd Annual Bainbridge Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale will be July 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woodward Middle School as part of BI’s 55th Annual Grand Old 4th Celebration.

Fifteen community events will take place from July 1-4 as part of the event, including a Farmer’s Market, also July 2.

July 3 includes a baseball game at Bainbridge High School at noon, along with a street dance downtown at 6 p.m. The big day, of course, is July 4, with a pancake breakfast, fun run, car show and street fair. There also will be live music, featuring Soul Siren and other acts, along with a beer and wine garden. The parade is at 1 p.m. downtown.

The auction over six acres will include: hundreds of bikes of all sizes; every color of baby clothes folded and arranged by size; rooms full of tested and sorted household items; antique/vintage furniture; building supplies; and more.

Donations of items will be accepted June 25-29 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers will help unload your vehicle and give you a tax receipt for your donations.

Hundreds of Rotarians and volunteers will work tirelessly to organize an estimated 150,000 items into 36 departments.

Preview Night is July 1 from 5-8 p.m. For $2 you can view everything that will be for sale.

Snacks and hot dogs are also available. Face masks are recommended.

All net proceeds go to parks and sports fields; fund grants to local nonprofits; provide college scholarships to high school seniors who have a demonstrated commitment to community service; and fund international humanitarian projects. The event has contributed $1.6 million in the last five years.

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