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Buyers, sellers meet in Harcourt

Town holds annual Appreciation Day

August 4, 2012
By HANS MADSEN, , Messenger News

HARCOURT - Bruce Rieken had an advantage over most other households hosting a garage sale during the annual Harcourt Appreciation Day.

To get into - or out - of town, a potential shopper has to drive by his home on Ash Street.

Those who stop, were in for a wide selection of merchandise - golf clubs and balls, fishing rods and reels, furniture, tools, CDs and for one lucky shopper, a new throne complete with wooden seat.

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-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Casey Kennedy, 12, of Harcourt, gathers candy along the parade route during the annual Harcourt Appreciation Day celebration Saturday.

"It's a unique deal," he said.

He said that quite a bit of the merchandise came to him the way it's expected to leave - via the classic garage sale. It's also about an even split between stuff he's selling and stuff his wife Loretta is selling.

This is to the customer's advantage.

"There's something for everybody," he said.

He's humble about the location though.

"We're just one of nine different sales this year," he said.

One of his customers, Mark Steck, of Harcourt, was carefully looking through egg crates holding used golf balls.

Steck, who said he only plays golf a few times a year, readily admitted he's, not the world's best golfer. He was looking to cheaply replace what he's lost.

"I chase more balls than anything else," he said of his time on the links.

While he was enjoying the garage sales, he was also planning on taking in the car show.

Allan Jorgensen and Mary Seil, of Farnhamville, were doing just that. They set up chairs and enjoyed a light lunch next to Jorgensen's 1974 Stingray.

They were both enjoying the day although the rain of candy about to spring forth from the parade floats might not have gone too well with the finish on the bright red car.

"Sometimes you get a little worried," he said.

The annual parade had what savvy children along the parade route might have referred to as a high candy-to-kid ratio. In other words, there was plenty to go around.

Casey Kennedy, 12, of Harcourt, had a good spot almost to himself.

"We got like 50 pounds of candy," he said.

While he had a near exclusive on a section of real estate, he had no intention of keeping the haul to himself.

"It's all for my sister," he said.

He planned on going to the park afterward to enjoy some of the many games and other events.

"I'm going to be here all day," he said.



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