For many, the Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Auction is a sign that summer is coming to an end, and fall is near.

Kiwanis Auction 3, Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Facebook Page
Kiwanis Auction 3, Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Facebook Page
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It's an event that not only raises money for local children's programs but also offers endless shelves of treasures for hunters with the patience to comb through each and every item.

This year marks the 76th year the organization has hosted the event, and it's going on rain or shine.

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Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Auction 1, Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Facebook
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According to the Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Facebook Page, not even Mother Nature is going to stop this thing from happening.

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Kiwanis Auction 6, Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Facebook Page
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"It's time...for the 76th Annual Orono-Old Town Kiwanis event! Friday and Saturday, August 25th and 26th. Goodies for all. 3:30 pm Yard Sale starts, 5:30 pm Live Auction begins. 168 Forest Ave, Orono. Rain or shine...don't miss it!"

Kiwanis Auction 2, Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Facebook Page
Kiwanis Auction 2, Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Facebook Page
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Speaking from experience, this is one of those situations where you'll want to plan to be there early, as there's usually a ton of stuff to go through and look at. In years past, the folks from the Kiwanis have managed to fill upwards of a handful of barns and structures on the property to the brim.

Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Auction 3, Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Facebook
Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Auction 3, Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Facebook
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With everything from household items and toys to bikes and books, to appliances and sports equipment; if you're looking for a good bargain, this is definitely a place you'll want to check out.

As stated in the name, there is an auction component to the event, the other half of the event runs more like a yard sale.

Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Auction 4, Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Facebook
Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Auction 4, Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Facebook
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Co-Chair Mark Bilyk with the Orono-Old Town Kiwanis says no matter what you end up buying,  you can feel good about what purchase, as the Orono-Old Town Kiwanis Auction, serves as the one major fundraiser for the organization, which then uses the proceeds to help give scholarships to local kids and support charitable and children's organizations in the community.

Bilyk says that this event can pull in anywhere between $30K and $60K per year.

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