By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal
VERONA – After clearing 150 acres of fallen pine trees from his land, Floyd Hale plans to get rid of his old tractor this week at the same place he bought it – at a Lee County Agri-Center auction.
Hale bought his orange, mid-1980s model Komatsu tractor a couple of years ago to remove debris from his property in Wren, an area devastated by the same tornado that destroyed much of Smithville in 2011.
After removing acres and acres of pine trees from his property and having replanted the land with future trees, Hale hopes to get a good price for the machinery.
“I bought it, cleared my place up and now I’m ready to get rid of it,” he said Thursday, minutes after unloading his tractor at the Agri-Center.
Along with individuals like Hale, municipalities from throughout the region and other government entities will have hundreds of items for auction this weekend during the spring Agri-Center Auction. From iron clawfoot bathtubs and large electronic dartboard games to farm equipment and vehicles, hundreds of people will gather this weekend looking for good deals.
The spring Agri-Center auction will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. and on Sunday at 1 p.m. Potential bidders can inspect items for auction today. Most items in the auction will not have a minimum bid amount.
Municipalities with office equipment, vehicles and other items in the auction include Lee County, the city of Tupelo and the North Mississippi Narcotics Unit.
Mike Underwood with Tupelo Public Works said the auction helps dispose of surplus items no longer of use to the city while bringing a modest return in exchange.
Dalton Christian and his wife, Brenda, have run the auctions at the Agri-Center for 18 years through their small business. He said the appeal of buying at an auction comes from finding something special.
“A lot of people call it junk,” said Christian said. “But it’s treasure to a lot of people.”