Amish farmers are hosting a horse auction Saturday at the Cobleskill Fairgrounds, featuring over 100 draft and riding horses, horse supplies and Amish goods.
The Amish have hosted the event before, according to Doug Cater, president of the annual Schoharie County Sunshine Fair. He said the prior spot for the auction was sold this year so Amish farmers went looking this winter for a new location.
“They toured the grounds said they liked what they saw and set the date,” Cater said. The farmers are renting the grounds for the event. They plan to use over 100 stalls.
The fairgrounds had to open two weeks ahead of schedule to accommodate the event, Cater said. The fairgrounds crew, which consists of two office workers and four laborers, returned to work this week to remove equipment from storage and clean the grounds.
Amish farmers have also rented some of the booths in the grandstand area, where they plan to sell goods including food and quilts. There will also be a harness shop.
Cater said the event will run as a live auction, where each horse will be paraded around as people bid on it.
Mervin Byler is the Amish farmer who is behind the auction, Cater said. Byler also organizes the Mohawk Valley Produce and Hay Auction in Minden, which was created by a group of Amish farmers. Amish and non-Amish farmers from across the area sell their goods at the market, which is housed in a 7,000-square-foot pole barn at the corner of Fordsbush and Oldick roads.
The Produce and Hay Auction is similar to a farmers’ market, but with prices that constantly fluctuate based on bidding.
Saturday’s horse auction is expected to begin at 8 a.m. with a tack sale. The horse sale is scheduled for 11 a.m. A second auction is already scheduled for Oct. 2 at the fairgrounds.