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Many people ‘take the cake’ at fire department’s annual bake auction

By Staff | Jul 22, 2016

The bake auction at Shepherdstown Fire Department, held in conjunction with their car show and silent auction, saw challenges aplenty as folks bid on their favorite taste treats.

Heading up the charts were bids on two different hot milk sponge cakes. One, made by Kenneth Barron, brought a bid of $500 from his brother, Denny, who then in turn gave the cake to young Lexy Holmes. The second cake, topping out in the bidding at $505 was a sponge cake baked by Shirley Simpson. It was purchased by son, Craig “Twiggy” Simpson who was in a tight competition with Jim “Gator” Locke.

Auctioneer Eric Mason succeeded in “encouraging” bidders to go higher and higher on such items as peanut butter fudge, pineapple upside down cakes, cupcakes of all sorts and some of the most delicious brownies around.

All of the items were baked and donated to the acution by members of the community in efforts to raise needed funds for the volunteer department.

The auction, in past years, was combined with a week-long carnival; however the department changed to a one-day event several years ago.

A silent auction also brought in funds as bids were taken on coins, cooking items, knick-knacks and more.

A final tally of the night’s proceeds was not immediately available.