The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village held its annual banquet and auction Feb. 15, with 140 attendees. Guests enjoyed cocktails, a gourmet dinner, music, and live and silent auctions.
Nearly $25,000 was raised to support the renovation and preservation activities taking place in the museum and its 1890s rural village.
Among the many guests were Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse, Delaware Farm Bureau President Richard Wilkins and Delmarva Poultry Industry President Holly Porter.
Contributing to the total and to the merriment of the evening was the live auction where, with the bantering encouragement of Scuse, guests battled one another for treasures as diverse as a catered dinner for six at the museum, the fun of riding in a carriage in the Return Day Parade following November’s election, and the item receiving the highest bid of the evening, four bags of hybrid seed corn.
To top off the evening, museum trustee Karen Hutchison made the first donation to the Ag Museum’s 1980 Club. Unveiled in welcoming remarks by Museum Director Carolyn Claypoole, the 1980 Club recognizes the founding year of the museum and allows donors to designate the area of the museum or village where their tax-deductible donation of $1,980 is to be applied.
Supporting sponsors include Mountaire Farms, Delaware Farm Bureau, GROWMARK FS, Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., Delaware Electric Cooperative and Delmarva Irrigation.