Ooohs and ahhhs were heard throughout the SEAPARC Leisure Complex arena on Saturday as the Rotary Auction presented items from all over Sooke.
Some were hotter than others, notably a 50-inch LED TV, several pieces of original art, as well as numerous bicycles that were either up for grabs for first-come-first-serve or on reserve bids.
All in all it was a little bit of everything for everyone, which is all the best anyone can expect, noted Rotarian Neil Flynn.
“Our guests enjoyed it, the vendors had a good response for their effort, they were busy throughout the day, and the parking lot was full,” he said.
Flynn pointed out that despite the SEAPARC land acquisition referendum running simultaneously, there was still plenty of civility among Sookies in the parking lots and in the arena.
While he couldn’t confirm whether this was a record breaker, this was still one of the largest auctions the Sooke Rotary has put together.
“We had a really good turnout and a happy response from everybody,” Flynn said. “I’m definitely optimistic that it was better than last year.”
It wasn’t yet over for the army of volunteers who put the entire event together, as that same army descended on the arena to clean up and reorganize everything exactly to where it was.