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Sullivan Auctioneers celebrates 40th annual Dealer and Farmer Auction

Matt Sullivan checks with a bidder during a farm equipment auction at Sullivan Auctioneers in Hamilton on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. The 2-day event celebrated 40 years of service of Sullivan Auctioneers. | H-W Photo/Katelyn Metzger
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By Herald-Whig
Posted: Aug. 24, 2019 12:01 am

HAMILTON, Ill. -- Auctions continue Saturday at Sullivan Auctioneers for its 40th annual Dealer and Farmer Auction.

Typically, Sullivan Auctioneers sees between 2,000 and 3,000 people at the annual auction held in Hamilton.

Bill Sullivan, chief operations officer for Sullivan Auctioneers, said it is one of four large consignment sales it puts on each year.

"Usually the one in August is the largest out of those, and this one has even exceeded what it typically is," Sullivan said. "So we went to two days with it. It will be one of our all-time biggest ones I'd say."

The second day of the sale features three auction rings to sell farm machinery, antique tractors, pickups, campers, attachments and more.

"There's a wide variety and lots of it," Sullivan said.

The auction requires weeks of preparation in getting the equipment on site and ready for the sale. Preparations are also made for the influx of people, including providing a complementary lunch for both days.

"The auction starts at 8 o'clock in the morning both days, and there will be people here at 6 o'clock getting ready," Sullivan said.

To celebrate its 40th year, Sullivan Auctioneers auctioned off a 2018 John Deere 825 Gator and will donate 100% of the proceeds to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The winning bid was $17,250.

Sullivan said for the 40th year, the business wanted to do something big to give back to the community.

"We've had a few raffles over the years, but nothing like this," he said. " We wanted to do something big for our 40th year."

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