The 47th annual public auction will be on Friday, May 4th in the Veterans Memorial Arena in Mineral Springs Park in Pekin. Auction starts promptly at 5 p.m. As in past years a dozen or more auctioneers and their helpers are donating their time and talent to auction off new items and gift certificates donated by local merchants, used items from an automobile to dishes, celebrity items from the sports and entertainment world, and lots of great food like butterfly pork chop sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, pies, and more. Chairman Jay Hall's goal this year is to raise $35,000 for more than two dozen local charities and non-profit organizations. Free parking and free admission. Come for the fun and leave with the bargains. Go to pekinambucs.org for a complete list of auction items updated daily.