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A "Little Free Library" replica of Marble Lutheran Church will be part of the 28th annual Quilt Auction event Saturday at Green Lake Bible Camp. (Tribune photo by Jasmine Maki)

Annual quilt auction event is Saturday in Spicer, Minn.

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SPICER - Green Lake Lutheran Ministries will host its 28th Annual Quilt Auction at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Green Lake Bible Camp in Spicer.

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A total of 231 items donated by individuals and churches throughout Minnesota, as well as Colorado and Wisconsin, will be up for auction -- 183 in the live auction and 48 in the silent auction.

"The quality of quilts is phenomenal this year," said Sonya Erickson, office manager and communications assistant at Green Lake Lutheran Ministries.

Along with quilts, the donated items include a variety of other items this year: three shadow boxes, a quilt rack, a clock, a pontoon ride for six and a Little Free Library.

"It brings in a more diverse group of bidders," she said.

Erickson and Regina Mulder, coordinator of donor relations, said they expect more than 500 people to come through the doors during the two-day event.

"It's our largest fundraiser of the year," Erickson said.

With quilts selling for as little as $10 to as much as $6,000, the two-day event typically raises $50,000 to $55,000 each year.

Bidders can preview all the items at the quilt review from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The quilt review costs $3 a person. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Crafts & Country Store and enjoy a barbeque dinner for $6 a person.

The quilt review will continue at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with coffee and pastries. A hog roast lunch for $7 a person will begin at 10:45 a.m. and the live auction will begin at 11:30 a.m.

For those unable to attend the event, the auction will be available online. This is the second year the auction is available online, but the first year that all the quilts will be online.

"It's up and running now, so they can pre-bid," Erickson said.

Bids are already being placed and someone will be at the event to bid for online bidders during the live auction.

"There's only a two-second delay," she said.

For more information about the event or to view the items and pre-bid, visit gllm.org.

For more information on the Little Free Library movement, visit www.littlefreelibrary.org.

A nationwide movement, Little Free Library prompts bibliophiles to put up small shelved structures outside their homes where people can take books and leave some too. The result can be conversation, friendship and a sense of community.

-- L.A. Times

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