Mid-State Fair industrial arts auction items get big bids
Each year, students in wood and metal workshops sell their projects at the industrial arts auction.
– The industrial arts auction at the California Mid-State Fair this week was low in inventory, but sale prices went through the roof of the barn.
Kerrigan Jensen of Atascadero High School built a coffee table with a metal American flag on a wooden base. His coffee table sold for $ 10,000 to a family in Creston. A picnic table brought in $ 7,000. A dog house cost $ 4,500.
Samantha Buie, a high school student from Paso Robles, and other welding students produced 15 barbecues. The barbecues are the brainchild of PRHS welding instructor Justin Pickcard. The sale of the barbecues generated over $ 30,000 for the Jim Brabeck Foundation to help FFA students who raised cattle for the fair.
Each year, dozens of students from wood and metal workshops sell their projects at the industrial arts auction, but few students have had access to school stores due to the pandemic. Some worked independently from home. At Paso Robles High School, students could work about two hours a week soldering barbecues.
The industrial arts auction is hosted annually by Blake Wallis, but he is retiring after this year’s auction.