DALLAS — Ten years ago, Ivy Fox accidentally purchased a canoe at the Back Mountain Memorial Library Auction.
The 17-year-old learned a valuable lesson that year: Do not wave the bidder number around unless you intend to buy.
The 72nd annual auction kicked off Thursday and promises to inspire new memories for Fox as well as thousands of auction-goers.
“We still have (the canoe),” Fox said, noting she was with her grandparents Mark and Diane Mettler that fateful year.
The auction located behind the library, at 96 Huntsville Road in Dallas, will open at 5 every night through Sunday.
Bidding begins at 6:30 each night.
A shuttle service provided by G. Davis Bus Company will transport attendees from Thomas’ Family Market in the Country Club Shopping Center off Route 309 in Dallas Township to the library starting at 4 p.m.
Harveys Lake resident John Lamoreaux, his wife Jenn as well as six family and friends plan to stand out from the bidding crowds by wearing bright pink flamingo hats.
“I want to try to get in Sue Hand’s painting,” Lamoreaux said. “Then I’ll bid on it.”
Local artist Sue Hand and her two students — Caroline Stallard, a freshman, and Sarah Gurzynski, a sophomore, both from Dallas High School — as well as Michael Hiscox, an art teacher at Wycallis Elementary School and at Sue Hand Imagery, will paint different auction scenes during the event.
The paintings are slated to hit the auction block Sunday.
This year, Hand’s painting theme focuses on area history and will feature a book by D.A. Waters.
“It was one of the first written about Dallas history,” said Hand.
The auction will also feature staples such as the Odds and Ends, the Toy, Book, Jewelry and the Plant tents.
And a variety of food vendors will be serving up good eats, such as Cibo’s Food Truck, Yogi’s Potato Pancakes, The Lands at Hillside Farms, Nice’s Almonds and Country Girl Kettle Corn.
Diamonds by Kate will sell apple pies, apple pie a la mode, sticky buns and rice pudding.
Other vendors include Earth and Wears, selling handcrafted pottery, jewelry and other items; Pure Suds, offering a selection of homemade bath soaps, salts and balms; and Wood Shed Outback, a wood crafter.
Children’s activities are slated throughout the auction as well:
• On Friday, a juggler will perform 6-7 p.m. and P.J. Reptiles puts on a show 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library, accessible through the rear entrance of the auction grounds.
• Endless Dream Animals will allow children to meet furry friends from 6-7 p.m. Saturday in the Children’s Library.
• At 7:30 p.m. Saturday, children can read to therapy dogs in the Children’s Library.
• On Sunday, families are invited to learn balloon sculpture from 6-7 p.m. Children can also make a mess at Slime Time from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Children’s Library.
Reach Eileen Godin at 570-991-6387 or on Twitter @TLNews.