Doors open at 11 am and the auction will begin promptly at 12! Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Admission is free – however if you want to play, you’ll need a paddle! All ages are welcome to play. Paddles are $5 each or 3 for $10. There will be a total of 15 vendors participating. The auction will consist of 3 rounds of 3 items from each vendor, which means you’ll have the chance to win 135 times!

So…if you’re not sure how a quarter auction works, ….
When you arrive, you’ll find a table where they are selling paddles and making change in quarters. Here you pick a numbered paddle (or two, or three) that you will use as your bidding number(s). The paddle money is retained for Dodgeville Eastern Star! The person selling the paddles will put a corresponding numbered chip into a bucket.

When the auction begins, each item will be displayed to the crowd and auctioned off, one by one. At this time, the bidders will use their quarters and paddle(s) to bid. Each item will have a retail value that determines the number of quarters required per paddle to bid. For example, 1 quarter for an item with a $10 – $25 value, 2 quarters for $26 – $50 value, and so on up to 4 quarters. Think of it like buying a $.25 raffle ticket one at a time for each item/basket you’re interested in.

Once you deposit the required number of quarters PER paddle that you want to bid with (quarters are dropped into bowls on the tables and collected) you can raise your paddle(s) in the air. The announcer will begin calling numbers from the chips/balls in their bucket. If the announcer calls a number that wasn’t played (the person didn’t bid and raise their paddle), that person with the number will yell out, “No bid.” The announcer will continue calling numbers until there is a winner amongst those who bid and had their paddles raised in the air.

Here’s an example:
Jane really wanted this beautiful new necklace. Its retail value was $50 and it required 2 quarters to bid. Jane had two paddles, numbers 6 & 104, and since she REALLY wanted the necklace she put four quarters in the bowl (two quarters per paddle) and raised both. The announcer called her first number, “2.” Joe had 2. He didn’t bid on the necklace so he hollered out, “No bid.” The announcer called the next number, “104.” “Right here!” yelled Jane. The necklace was hers! So, for a $50 item, Jane won it for just quarters.
Still muttering to yourself, “What the heck is a quarter auction?” To sum it up, quarter auctions are good, clean fun and they don’t require a lot of money to play and all ages are welcome.