Auction of tractors will plow some charitable fields

By Corene Brisendine

The auction of two vintage tractors that ends on Wednesday will benefit both a county history museum and a chapter of the FFA.

Purple Wave Auction of Manhattan is facilitating the sale of a pair of John Deere tractors, one from 1965 and one from 1970. The current bids have reached a combined total of $15,800. The Republic County Historical Society Museum recently acquired the tractors from the Dorothy Fisher Trust under the agreement that they be sold to help preserve the museum’s property. In addition, Purple Wave will donate a portion of its commission to a local FFA chapter — and the winning bidder will have a voice in which chapter receives the funds.

Bidding in the online auction started a month ago and ends Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Purple Wave started a partnership with the Kansas FFA Foundation a year and a half ago with a program called Bid for Blue.

Kerry Wefald, executive director of the Kansas FFA Foundation, said it is her job to work with businesses and industries across Kansas in generating donations and support for the 8,100 members and 165 FFA chapters across the state.

The auction house has agreed on an undisclosed annual goal — a dollar amount —- it wants to donate to the foundation, said Sherri Lowry, marketing administrative assistant at Purple Wave. It has donated more than $10,000 since the program’s inception.

While Purple Wave is the donor, and the foundation gets a portion of the donation, the winning bidder gets to choose which Kansas FFA chapter receives the other part.

“We usually get local bidders or bidders familiar with the program getting the highest bid,” Lowry said.

Lowry said if the winning bid is from out of state, though, she is happy to familiarize the winning bidder with the program and local chapters they may want the money to go to. She said the exact amount donated depends on how much the items sell for.

The portion the foundation takes goes to help the FFA at a state level by funding leadership conferences, career development and discretionary spending. The selected local chapter can use the money as it sees fit.

The auction is online at, and bidding will close at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

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