Signs from Baxter State Park and Katahdin are being auctioned off this holiday season as a fundraiser to support Friends of Baxter State Park, a nonprofit organization that supports the park through funding, educational programming, research and volunteer work. The auction, which started Nov. 6 and runs through Dec. 6, is entirely online.
“This is the first year we’ve done it,” Aaron Megquier, the executive director of the organization, said. “We’re planning to make it an annual tradition.”
The auction includes 15 signs from locations throughout the 209,644-acre park, including Mount OJI, the Saddle Trail, Katahdin Lake, the Freezeout Trail, the Appalachian Trail, Kidney Pond and Mount Coe. The auction also includes the dinner bell from Kidney Pond Camps, a historic sporting camp that is one of the park’s most popular campgrounds.
“These signs are one-of-a-kind keepsakes for anyone who enjoys hiking and camping in Baxter State Park,” Megquier said in a recent news release.
Many of the signs are well-worn, Megquier said, displaying their exposure to the elements throughout the years they marked major park landmarks.
As of Tuesday morning, the highest bids on signs ranged widely, with the overall highest bid being $1,600 for an Appalachian Trail sign that once stood between Daicey Pond and Katahdin Stream Campground. Second in popularity was a weathered sign for Saddle Trail from Katahdin. In contrast, a sign for Slaughter Pond Trail, with a minimum bid requirement of $100, had yet to receive any bids, as did a sign for Martin’s Pond Trail.
Friends of Baxter State Park will donate half the auction proceeds directly to Baxter State Park. The remaining proceeds will support Friends programs such as the Baxter Youth Conservation Corps, a new program that hires teens from the Katahdin region for summer trail work in the park.
Bidding closes Dec. 6 at midnight. The auction can be accessed at 32auctions.com/fbsp.
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