PAXTON — By the end of this week, Brad Strebeck might just become an honorary meteorologist.
The lead organizer of Paxton's Community Sale has been constantly checking the weather forecast for the biggest variable for Saturday's big event: rain. So far, so good, as the forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high in the mid-60s.
"I've been checking every day for a week. Every day it changes," Strebeck said. "I don't care if it's breezy, as long as it doesn't rain."
Weather aside, Strebeck is feeling "really good" about the Community Sale, which Paxton Park District organizers expect to bring up to 1,000 people to Paxton's Coady Park as goods from farm equipment to household items to antiques to seemingly everything in between will be auctioned off. The sale begins at 10 a.m. and runs until dusk.
In addition to having three auctioneers at work, there will be 11 flea-market vendors selling various items, Strebeck said. Among other things, the flea market will include an electronics stand, a Pamerped Chef vendor selling kitchenware and several stands selling homemade or garage-sale items. Flea-market vendors are coming from as far away as the northern Chicago suburbs, Strebeck said.
The Community Sale will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. and take place in the Paxton Park District's Coady Park and the large hayfield off of Stockholm Road and Fall Street.
Items for sale will be accepted beginning Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the park district, then again from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Saturday before the sale. Sellers need to be sure to check in at the Civic Center at 601 S. Fall St., Paxton, before taking their items out to the field for sale.
The sale location can be entered from Stockholm Road. Parking will be in the hayfield off of Stockholm, with the auction taking place there as well. The flea markets will be set up near the skate park, as will three food vendors — the Loda Lions Club, Holy Smoke Barbeque out of Champaign and area resident Mark Henrichs. Area resident Alan Meyer will also have a kettle corn stand.
"We definitely have a variety of things," Strebeck said.
For buyers, a $1 fee will be charged. Buyers can begin registering at 8 a.m. on sale day in the Civic Center, and they must pay for their items on sale day.
A 15 percent commission will be charged per tagged item, and sellers should group items to bring at least $3 or they are considered donated.
Strebeck said he won't specifically know what and how many large-scale items will be auctioned off until Friday when check-in begins.
"That's kind of the unknown," he said.