Live auction from good old days returns

By Betty Williamson

Betty Williamson

Betty Williamson


When I was a kid, my family paid regular visits to local livestock auctions, always with a firm admonition from my father to be careful to not swat a fly and inadvertently buy a lot of market steers or an ancient Shetland pony.

Happily, mistakes like that are impossible with the phone-in tele-auction that continues tonight and Saturday from 7-10 p.m. as part of the annual fundraiser for KENW-TV, our local public television station.

While the 10-day online auction runs through April 30 at, the station is trying a few nights of the live televised version from the good old days to see if viewers are still willing to “watch, bid and buy.”

I, for one, can’t wait. The original KENW tele-auction was the closest thing we had to Vaudeville each summer, starring familiar faces like Don Thomas, Clyde Powell, Don Criss, and the late Dallan Sanders, and backed up by a supporting cast of members of most of the service clubs in Portales and their bid-running children.

I hope this year’s trial run is a smashing success.

Before the action starts, call the station at 562-2112 to get your “express bid number.” It allows you to outbid your neighbor more quickly.

Then settle onto the couch tonight and Saturday with your phone and some popcorn. It’s auction time!

Betty Williamson has to be careful to not bid against herself. You may reach her at:

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