LOCATION UPDATED: 17th annual Bearfootin’ art walk auction to come to Hendersonville Oct. 19

Update from the city of Hendersonville, 3:41 p.m. Oct. 18:

HENDERSONVILLE, NC, October 18th, 2019 – Due to inclement weather, we are moving the 17th Annual Bear Auction indoors. The Auction event details will remain the same with the exception of the location. The Auction will be held at the City Operations Center at 305 Williams Street on October 19th, 2019. Bidder registration will begin at 3:00 pm with the auction scheduled for 5:00 pm. All of these activities will take place inside the City Operations building.


Press release from the City of Hendersonville:

The 17th annual Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk is nearing its grand finale event! The bears, having spent the summer raising awareness for non-profits and the good work they do in our community, are getting excited to generate a final big splash for those nonprofits. Which means, if you’ve been eyeing one of the fabulous additions to the Bearfootin’ Art catalogue over the summer, this weekend is your chance to take one home! Our annual Bearfootin’ Art Walk Auction is scheduled for Saturday Oct. 19 with bidder registration and live entertainment beginning at 3 p.m. and the auction scheduled for 5 p.m.

What’s the auction you say? Each year, the downtown program hosts a live auction to raise funds for the Art Walk and the many non-profits that the bears represent. Winning bids up to $3,000 are split evenly between the downtown program and the winning non-profit, while bid amounts which exceed $3,000 are directed to the non-profit in their entirety. So, come cheer on your favorite non-profit and/or bear, enjoy a fabulous afternoon and evening downtown and maybe, if you’re feeling it, get yourself a bear!

Still not sure which of those bears will look best in your home? The bears will be found hanging out together on the historic courthouse plaza right up to the auction date! The congregation of the bears at the courthouse serves not only as a reminder of the onset of fall in Hendersonville but is an impressive display of the creative talent of our community. Want to learn more about your favorite bear, don’t forget to pick up our fabulous Bearfootin’ brochure, available at the Visitor’s Center or online at DowntownHendersonville.org. The brochure provides information on each bear, including their sponsors, their non-profit beneficiaries, and artists. Not to mention they make a great keepsake for bear aficionados!

Can’t be in town on the 19th but still want to take a bear home this year? The Downtown Program’s proxy bidding option is for you! All you have to do is pick your favorite bear or two or three, establish a maximum bid and we will take care of the rest using a live on-site bidder to compete for the bear you’re interested in! Contact Dalleen Jackson at 828.233.3205 or djackson@hvlnc.gov by October 17th for more information about this unique option. If you prefer to be there in person, plan to register the day of the auction beginning at 3:00 pm at the Historic Courthouse. Don’t forget the auction is scheduled for Saturday October 19th @ 5:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

LOCATION: Historic Courthouse Square, Main Street
TIME: Live Auction begins at 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 19th
DETAILS: Bidder Registration and Music begin at 3:00 PM

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