ELKHART — Spectacular bids will be in the offing on Saturday during the annual Elkhart High School Baseball Chili Supper and Auction.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. in the high school's cafetorium.
“This has become an anticipated community wide event,” said Elkhart head coach John Adair. “The people in this community have always been such great supporters of Elkhart baseball. This is a fun event that gives our community a chance to help support the baseball players.”
Former Elkhart student Colton London will serve as both the caller and cuer for the auction.
All proceeds will benefit the Elkhart baseball program.
One of the baseball-related items up for auction is a set of photographs — including one photo of Hall of Fame seven-time all-star Bob Lemon. Another photo features actor Fred MacMurray talking with former Philadelphia Athletics' manager Connie Mack.
Other notable photographs are of Babe Ruth, tennis players, figure skaters and famous race car drivers.
There will be a couple of homemade quilts up for auction, including a red-white-and-blue one with baseballs, diamonds and Elkhart's motto, “Carpe Diem.” Another quilt is made from T-shirts by Judy Smith.
One of the big-ticket auction items is a Masterbuilt electric smoker, and you also may bid on a knife-and-tool sharpener.
Elkhart baseball fans also will be able to purchase new gear — T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts and baseball caps — from the Great American T-Shirt Company.
Also up for auction are: A feed trough, an 8x10-foot shed, fishing gear, a bike, several insulated coolers and a wreath from Rustic Grace.
Elkhart baseball players Brooks Torma, Brady Johnson, Landry Mays and Caleb Rhyne will be up for bid as well. The winning bidders will receive complimentary lawn care.
The 2019 baseball season will begin on Jan. 25, the first allowable date for practice as set by the University Interscholastic League.
Auction coordinator Jessica Mays posted on Facebook debit/credit cards will be accepted this year for the first time. The following will be accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, Apple Pay and Android Pay.