The 12th Annual High Prairie Firehouse Sale is coming up on May 14 and 15.
This community-wide event includes a huge rummage sale, food booth, plant sale, silent auction, quilt raffle, and fun activities for kids.
The sale opens at 9 a.m. on both days and closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, 3 p.m. on Sunday.
The food booth opens an hour early, at 8 a.m., for homemade cinnamon rolls and hot beverages.
The location is 783 Centerville Highway, about seven miles northeast of Lyle. Signs from both ends of Centerville Highway will direct visitors to the site.
The heart of the Firehouse Sale is the huge rummage sale -- a "130-Family Garage Sale." From nuts and bolts, to pianos and sofas, you can find it all at the rummage sale. The plant department will feature several varieties of locally raised tomato and pepper starts, along with many other plants and garden items. A Master Gardener will be on hand to answer questions.
The food booth is always a popular draw. Myrin Bentz's famous bratwurst will top the menu as usual, and Martha's Kluski -- a vegetarian dish introduced last year -- will return. There will be plenty of homemade pies, cinnamon rolls and other baked goods, soft drinks, coffee, and ice cream.
Kids will find more fun things to do at the sale this year. Along with the Fire Hose Water Blast game and the Fish Pond there will be crafts and face painting. A High Prairie fire truck will be there on display.
The Silent Auction returns for the third year. Individuals and businesses from around the area have generously donated merchandise and services for the auction.
Bidding is open from 9 to 3 on Saturday, and bidders can call in bid increases until the auction closes.
A new feature is the "Buy it Now" board, where some items will be offered for a set low price.
The beautiful quilt being raffled is "High Prairie Magic," another creation of the High Prairie Needlers, quilted by Linda Daughetee. It's a king-size scrappy quilt using the Magic Maze pattern, and it's guaranteed to fit into any color scheme. Raffle tickets are available for $2 each or 3 for $5. The drawing is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday.
The Firehouse Sale is High Prairie's one big fundraiser for the year. Since its inception in 2000, the Firehouse Sale has contributed more than $63,000 to the High Prairie Fire District, the new High Prairie Community Center/Fire Hall and other community projects.