Benefit auction begins at noon

A benefit auction with local auctioneers begins at the Fudergong at noon Saturday, April 17, as part of Spring Fling in Grabill.

The Spring Fling Charity Event is returning to downtown Grabill on Saturday, April 17. Proceeds from Spring Fling will help support Christian Community Health Care and Harlan Christian Youth Center.

Highlights include a car show with music, benefit auction and hog roast dinner and stage show. Get tickets for the dinner and show at Grabill.net.

The Classic Car, Truck & Bike Show sponsored by Fox & Fox Car Care will attract collector vehicles from northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. Vehicles will be on display from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the First Merchants Bank parking lot. Fort Wayne DJ’s will provide ‘50s and ‘60s music.

Collectors can register their rides for the show by visiting Grabill.net or calling Dennis Bennett at 260-433-2159. The entry fee is $10.

A benefit auction from noon-3 p.m. features local auctioneers. The auction, in the Fudergong Community Building, 13750 First St., offers hundreds of new and unique items, many of them donated by area businesses. “This fast-paced sale will continue until the last item is gone around 3 p.m.,” sponsors said. Andy Miller of Century 21/Bradley Auctions returns as the main auctioneer, assisted by some entertaining guest auctioneers from the Grabill Amish community. Concessions will be available in the Fudergong. “Based on past experience, this auction will be lots of fun for both children and adults,” sponsors said.

Anyone interested in donating items for the auction may call 260-433-2159. Bidder registration will be available before and during the sale.

Admission to the car show and auction is free.

A hog roast dinner will be offered from 4:30-6:30 p.m. from the Fudergong building. This year, the dinner will be offered as carry-out only.

The stage show from 7-9:30 p.m. features Terry Lee & the Million Dollar Band returning as the featured entertainment, along with special guest sister band Angel Project.

The Grabill.net website also has details about the entire Spring Fling Charity Event, including the benefit auction and the hog roast dinner and stage show. Tickets for the dinner & show can be purchased at Grabill.net or by visiting Harlan Christian Youth Center, Grabill Hardware, or the Olde Church Shoppes in Leo-Cedarville. Proceeds from the Spring Fling will help raise support for Christian Community Health Care and Harlan Christian Youth Center.

Ticket for the dinner and show are $20 for adults, $15 for students. Tickets also are available for the stage show only or just for the carry-out dinner.

The 2021 Spring Fling marks the 10th year of the fundraiser and community celebration. The 2021 “spring” event had to be postponed to August due to COVID-19 restrictions.

According to Christian Community Health Care Executive Director Mark Schlatter, the event was originated by Dennis and Malinda Bennett of rural Grabill, and it’s often planned months in advance.

“Dennis is an auctioneer and agricultural real estate agent, while Malinda is a florist. Dennis’ dream was to hold a community event combining three of his favorite activities: a car show, a benefit auction and a dinner and show,” Schlatter said.

According to Schlatter, the first Spring Fling charity event was held in 2012 in Bennett’s barn, but eventually became so popular it outgrew that location.

Since then, it’s been held at the Fudergong. It’s now considered one of the main annual attractions for the town of Grabill as it offers a variety of activities for all interests, Schlatter said.

Harlan Christian Youth Center provides after-school activities for K-12 students in northeast Allen County while Christian Community Health Care, which opened in 1996, provides free medical services to families in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

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