The Creston Fire Department's largest annual fundraiser is the Creston Auction & Country Fair, held every spring in Creston Montana. This fund-raising benefit for Creston's all-volunteer Fire Department. It is the largest spring event in Montana, the Northwest and Canada and draws thousands of people from throughout the region annually. The 51st Annual Creston Auction & Country Fair will be held on Saturday, April 1 and the accompanying RV, Marine, Auto, Farm, Construction & Equipment Sale will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Creston, Montana located 12 miles east of Kalispell on MT Hwy 35.
Friday, March 31, 7am to 7pm, is Consignment Day. As a consignment-based event, Creston Fire Department only receives a percentage of the amount for which each item is sold. The remaining money goes to the person who brought the item to the auction, unless the consignor decides to donate the item and give the entire sale amount to the fire department. Commission rates are no more than 28%, with lower rates for higher-selling items. All commissions and proceeds go back to the community in the form of training and equipment for the fire department. All donations are tax deductible.
Saturday, April 1 at 9am the Opening Ceremony will be held and is immediately followed by kick off of the general merchandise auction. In addition to the auction, attendees can purchase locally made art and handicrafts, pick up smaller items in the rummage sale, and sample homemade goods from the bake sale. Hot food and beverages are available for purchase all day. Bid tickets go on sale at 8am.
Sunday, April 2 at 11 noon the Vehicle and Equipment sale begins. Bid tickets go on sale at 9am.
There is no entrance fee for the auction. Bid tickets cost $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday. All bid ticket fees go directly toward paying for auction security for the weekend.
Hot and cold food items are available for purchase at both Saturday and Sunday auctions as well as non-alcoholic beverages, including water. There are baked goods available for purchase on Saturday in the Creston School Gym and outside on the auction grounds near the bid ticket window.
For more information, call 406-250-7396 beginning in January 2017, email Gloria Graves at email@example.com, or write to Creston Auction, 4498 MT Hwy 35, Kalispell, MT 59901. Information is also available through our Creston Auction page on Facebook. Hot Spots Spring, 2017 newsletter will be posted when available. That newsletter will be posted on Creston Fire Department's facebook page.