Ringing in the new year will bring some fun at the First Congregational Church of Lehigh Acres, located at 200 E. Leeland Heights Blvd.
There will be a quarter auction and it is set to start this month on Jan. 20.
Usually a quarter auction normally will be held on the second Monday of every month but this month is an exception, said Stacy Schmitt, a church coordinator along with Pastor Deb Frysinger for the auction.
"This is something really fun and who knows, you can have a cheap fun night and can win great prizes," Schmitt said.
Schmitt explained how a quarter auction is played.
"You pay $2 for an auction paddle. You're allowed to buy more than one paddle. There are vendors like Tastefully Simple, Thirty One, Avon, etc. and each vendor brings two items for auction and one door prize," Schmitt said.
The coordinator for the auction is Karyn Brooks who helped to supply the information about how the game is played
What happens is a vendor will stand up and tell you about his or her product and have his or her item and ask for so many quarters (ranges from one to four quarters).
"So now each person if you want a chance to win that item you put the amount of quarters vendor ask for in a bowl on a table and hold up your paddle.
"If you have more than one paddle and want to play both paddles, you must put in the number of quarters for each paddle," Schmitt said.
"For example, vendor has an item and asks for two quarters and I have one paddle, so I put two quarters in the bowl and hold up my paddle. I have two paddles so I put in four quarters and hold up both paddles.
"The vendor then has a bowl with all the paddle numbers and picks a number and if it's your paddle number, you win the prizes as long as you put quarters in the bowl," Schmitt said.
She went on: "If you didn't put quarters in and held up your paddle, then the vendor picks another number. And if your paddle number is called out, it's a good idea to shout back, 'No Bid.'
"It really is a fun way to win some wonderful prizes," Schmitt said.
Quarter auctions are fast becoming a fun way to win and it's an alternative game to Bingo which can take a lot longer to play and win prizes.
Visitors to the first quarter auction should not forget to drop by the bank first and get a roll of quarters. Because those quarters are what you are going to use to bid for the prizes.
The paddles in most quarter auctions are sold for a small amount of money and the paddles can be dinner plates, cardboard stapled to a stick, or real paddles, all with numbers on them.
"We'll be doing this each month and unless something changes it will be on the second Monday of each month.
"It's a great fundraiser for the church and a lot of fun for those who pay the game and the vendors, too, because they bring the items and get publicity for what they sell meaning they gain customers.
"Come on out and have some fun. Not only are our church members invited, but so is the public.
The quarter auctions will begin sharply at 6 p.m.
Don't worry about being hungry during the auction because the church will have food and beverages available for purchase.
"With your quarters, bring a lot of enthusiasm. The paddles are $2 with money going to the charity at the church and you may rent more than one," Schmitt said.