Labor Day Auction highlights weekend treasures

Bil Bowden

Monday, the day we set aside to celebrate the American worker, we'll head outside to the barbeque, volleyball court, maybe pitch a few horseshoes. Or, take a pleasant ride to Quarryville

in Lancaster County to check out all the auction treasures you can find. The Labor Day weekend weather is a mixed bag, with high temperatures hovering around 80 degrees and some rain.

 "The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy,"  says the U.S. Department of Labor website.

The Hospice and Community Care Auction

gets bigger every year, and it finally outgrew its quarters in Lampeter. This weekend is the premiere opening at the more spacious and secure Solanco Fairgrounds

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Steve Knaub of Spring Grove is the president and CEO of Hospice and Community Care, and stresses that Hospice has jumped the Susquehanna River and is helping hundreds of  his fellow York Countians in their last days. The 2015 Labor Day Auction helped the Hospice budget by more than $500,000.

The giant auction begins Saturday at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. By closing time, you've probably browsed the buildings to find everything that you can't live without and filled yourself with all the Amish snacks, treats and lunches you can manage. On Sunday, stay home with the kids (the Amish don't work Sundays and cooking qualifies as work), and then return Monday for the legendary Amish breakfast logs and more auction.  Hard to describe the logs, but it's safe to say it's your entire breakfast in one hand sandwich. Maybe two hands. Yeah, they're THAT good.

On Monday, it all begins again at 7:30 a.m., and continues until 5 p.m.  But don't wait, get there early.ID=89727534

The fairgrounds has multiple buildings, all to be used by the auction. You'll find outdoor furniture and plants, artwork (including an original Norman Rockwell painting worth $75,000), quilts, new and used furniture, used 'stuff' (that's nearly anything you can imagine, but no books or clothes), a raffle for a 2016 Ford Mustang and sports memorabilia.

Sports takes up one entire building, and includes jerseys, autographed baseball and footballs, plenty of golf packages, cards, tickets to Penn State, New York Yankees. A "Meet Franco Harris" adventure sits awaiting your bid.

On Sunday, take a break and wander down to York's Penn Park where Foodstruck York

will take you on a mobile culinary trip. Forty or more food trucks jam the park to show off their specialties. From the website--

For 20k people, it's an admission free block party with 40 food trucks. For us and the neighborhood, it's so much more. We close an entire city park, fill it with food trucks and carts, local merchants, live music, and BEER. It’ll cost you nothing to get in; pay as you go eats, and plenty of space to kick back. Rain or shine, it's a day of days.


Among what's advertised as the auction's High End Items-- silk wall hangings, a tour of Philadelphia's Italian Market, an ice cream party for 100 of your closest friends, a two night stay at the Hershey Lodge, another at the Eden Resort and Lancaster's Marriott, a day of Chesapeake Bay sailing, Christmas in New York City, jewelry. And a handful of used cars, including an Amish buggy. And the list goes on and on.

But, you're not into auctions? There's still plenty to do this weekend within an hour or two.

On Saturday, the Hamburger Festival

in -- where else?-- Hamburg, Pa., promises that you'll find the burger of your dreams at one of nearly 40 stands. Steak, caviar, lobster? It's hard to beat a good burger, and you'll probably find your favorite here, just 70 miles from York.

On Saturday and Sunday, garlic lovers can catch the Pocono Garlic Festival

in Stroudsburg, a 130-mile drive.  It's website uses the phrase "garlicky goodness over Labor Day weekend".

Harrisburg's 100th Kipona Festival

stretches the entire weekend, and features crab cake eating contest, beer garden, doggie olympics and kissing booth (are the two related?),  art vendors, canoe races, Centennial Celebration History Wall, Native American Pow Wow and fireworks.

Sunday's Hanover's Chili Cookoff

  at Good Field is loaded with bands of all kinds and more chili than your taste buds can fathom.