winter still in full-force and football season over there's
not much to do in the mid west, but thanks to the Twin City
Radio Controllers, we have at least one weekend to look forward
to. They always reserve the first weekend in February for
their annual auction.
This is the 33rd consecutive year that they have held this event. I have only been present for the last 5 or so, but you can bet that nothing short of a death in the family will prevent me from attending from now on. I have been to many auctions, but I have never seen one that goes off with such clockwork precision as TCRC's.
This year, the event was moved to a new venue, the Cross Point Church in Bloomington Minnesota. They had outgrown their previous location and the new digs were great! It had much more space and a much better air-conditioner! But the real kicker was the "Jumbo-Tron". They had a camera fixed on the "On Deck" table so you could see at a glance what was coming up.
Upon entering the building you are met by the registration desk where TCRC members Tom Thunstedt, Mark O'Conner, Scott Johnson, Don Knauff and Steve Meyer get you checked in. Then it's off to the seller's registration table (if you've brought something to sell).
it's time to check out, members Craig Greenwald, Chris
O'Conner, Larry Couture and Paul Hirsch are there to
take your money and retrieve your merchandise. The TCRC
guys really have this down to a science and it all goes
off without a hitch.
They even had a closed-circuit TV out in the hallway so you could keep tabs on what was happening if you were out of the room.
Even with the extra space the tables fill up quickly and it wasn't long before the room was full. Everyone there got to spend 20 minutes before the starting time to peruse all of the merchandise that would be auctioned off.
And don't forget to look UNDER the tables!
The back room was staffed by TCRC members Jon Perry, Corey Kaderlik, Stan Erickson, Ken Corrin and Alan Boucher.
Kickoff was promptly at 8:30am with veteran auctioneer Scott Anderson getting things underway. Jay Bickford was also on hand to take over for Scott. With about 5 auctioneers tag-teaming with each other, they kept a great pace throughout the day.
Jim Cook spent more than his share of time on the stage doing a great job of keeping the pace.
The gavel was also transferred to Dave Kurschner for a portion of the time. Notice the nice P-38 that RCU member VMSGUY got for a song!
The "On Deck" table gave the bidders a last look to examine the merchandise before it went on the block.
Meanwhile, on stage, Vince Anderson, Mike Robin, Paul Doyle, John Dietz and Morgan Larson kept tabs on who-bought-what.
And of course, the day wouldn't be complete without those great ladies who kept us supplied with coffee, donuts, pop and hot dogs, the proof of which is demonstrated by RCU Member mnrcaerobat and son.
Gerry and Gerry Dunne were also on hand selling raffle tickets for some great prizes (and again, I didn't win this year!)
Speaking of RCU members, beau0090 99, VMSGUY, and apwachholz (with his lovely counterpart Allison) were also on the scene.
As you can see, the crowd was there in full-force. And of course, the high rollers from Hutchinson were in the front row.
All in all this is one of the best events all winter for those of us in the northern mid west. If you've never been, you don't know what a great time you're missing out on. To keep track of next year's event, visit www.tcrconline.com.