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Creston Auction turns 48

The 48th Annual Creston Auction and Country Fair and the accompanying Auto, Marine, RV and Equipment Sale will be held the weekend of April 5 and 6 in Creston - 12 miles east of Kalispell on MT Hwy 35. This fundraiser for the all-volunteer Creston Fire Department is the largest spring event in Montana and draws thousands of people from throughout the region and Canada annually.

On Consignment Day, Friday, April 4, merchandise will be accepted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the sale grounds in Creston. Items can be consigned, meaning a large portion of the sale price goes back to the seller, or donated, meaning all proceeds of the sale go to the Creston Fire Department.

Saturday, April 5, is the main event: a daylong auction featuring building materials, household goods, tools, tack, antiques and many other items. Grounds open at 8 a.m., and entrance is free. The opening ceremony will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with the presentation of colors and the national anthem. Bidding starts immediately afterward.

Bid numbers for Saturday can be purchased for $5. Local arts and crafts will be on sale in the Eastside Grange Hall, and a rummage and bake sale will be held in the Creston School gym. Donated items for the rummage and bake sale are always needed. Hot food will be available all day, including Montana beef sausages, chili and Indian tacos.

Sunday, April 6, the bidding starts at noon on cars, trucks, boats, recreational vehicles, tractors, farm equipment, trailers and other large items. The $10 bid tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. We accept MasterCard and Visa (3 percent convenience fee) for auction purchases only, so attendees should bring cash, a check or an ATM card for other purchases.

There is no Buyer's Premium for either day.

For more information, visit our website and auction FAQs page at, find us on Facebook or call the auction hotline at 406-250-7396.

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