The Less Lucky Era Tree Festival (ELF) live virtual auction takes place today.
The live auction will be webcast live from the Main Street Mercantile from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today, and people can enter by visiting https://ibid.org/v/EUCEYER6 or following the link from “Festival of Trees – ELF Fund” The Facebook page.
The Festival des Arbres is the largest annual fundraiser of the ELF Fund.
Participants do not need to confirm their attendance for the live auction; you only need to log in a few minutes in advance to log into the auction website and provide contact and credit card information. Longtime Festival auctioneer Tim Asinger, along with his wife Kristin and son Max, will bid on the livestream.
The Main Street Mercantile will be closed to the public during the live auction.
Among the items up for auction live, there will be the four entries of the Tree Challenge. Individuals and groups from the community decorated Christmas trees. They will compete to see which tree brings in the most money, with the tree that brings in the highest bid being declared the winner.
This year’s participants are a tree named “Faith” decorated by Cadette Troop # 26010, Brownie Troop # 20335 and Daisy Troop 20029 led by Bonnie Leposa; “Candyland Christmas” decorated by Tina Baker and Kessel Construction; “Woodland Wonderland” decorated by Sandy Corradi and “Victorian Merry Christmas” by Angela Nuzzo.
Other items up for grabs in the live auction are a commemorative Zippo lighter, two commemorative Case knives, a 43-inch Insignia Fire TV, and an A-frame swing – large enough to comfortably seat three adults – donated by the Federal McKean Correctional Institute.
The live auction is one of three Tree Festival auctions this year. The winners of the three will be chosen tonight.
A basket raffle is currently taking place at the Main Street Mercantile, and residents can stop by the store to purchase a $ 10 card that offers 26 chances to win. This is the only in-person portion of this year’s auction fundraiser, and attendees must stop by the store before it closes at 6 p.m. to participate.
A silent auction opened on Tuesday at https://ibid.org/v/EUCEYER6 and will continue until 8 p.m. today.
The winners of the auction must collect their items from the Main Street Mercantile by Sunday.
The ELF Fund runs an annual Christmas gift program for children and seniors in the Bradford area school district.