BISBEE — Excitement is building in the mile-high town as the Bisbee Kiwanis Club and Fire Department Union Local 4913 reanimate the televised Bisbee Cake Auction put to rest some years ago.
Joni Giacomino, Kiwanis Club member, said the club and the firefighters each had the idea of bringing the traditional November cake auction back and decided to join forces this year.
“We remember the cake auction being very popular and fairly successful,” said Giacomino. “The auction proceeds will go to the Kiwanis Club for scholarships, Bisbee Fire Department Union 4913 holiday food and toy drives and needed firefighting equipment and Bisbee High School Project Graduation.”
Bisbee and area bakers are encouraged to participate by dropping off their own delectable delights at Bisbee High School in the cafeteria beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Those entering the judged categories for awards need to have their entries in by 10 a.m., when the judging starts.
Prizes will be awarded for the categories: most original, best tasting, most beautiful and most creative. These will be awarded in the following age categories: 0 to 7, 8 to 12, 13 to 18, adults and group. Best tasting will only be awarded to those who include a small sample of their entry recipe for the judges to taste.
Thanks to Cable One, the all-day event will be broadcast live on channel 2, and it can be streamed on YouTube at the Bisbee Kiwanis Cake Auction, she added. Phone numbers that will be used to place bids are 520-366-6070 and 520-366-6077.
“As you watch, you can call in and place your bids. You can also come to the cake auction at the high school and participate in the fun auction,” continued Giacomino.
So far, five emcees are lined up, but a few more would be welcomed since the auction runs from noon to 8 or 9 p.m., said Giacomino. The hope is all the goodies will be sold by that time. There will also be a station offering baked goods for sale for those who cannot wait to indulge.
As for pickup, people can gather their delectations during the auction on Saturday or can stop by the cafeteria on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m., Giacomino stated.
For those who come for the fun and get hungry, the Kiwanis Club members will be serving pulled pork dinners until 2 p.m. in the cafeteria. Or folks can just stop by to eat in or take it home for later.
“We will accept cash, checks or debit/credit. We will be using PayPal for the credit card transactions,” said Giacomino. “People are encouraged to come to the cafeteria and participate, socialize and enjoy the event. You’ll be helping all of us out — a lot.”
What: 1st Annual Kiwanis Cake Auction
Where: Bisbee High School Cafeteria, School Terrace Rd.
When: Saturday, 10 a.m.
Cake drop-off: 9 a.m.
Judging starts: 10 a.m.
Auction starts: 12 p.m.
Awards for adults and children: Best tasting, best looking, most original and more
Phone numbers to call for bidding: 520-366-6070 and 520-366-6077