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Money can't buy happiness. But it can help finance an education – something the Black Hills Stock Show Foundation believes is important.

Each year for the past 21 years, the Black Hills Stock Show Foundation has awarded $32,000 in scholarships, said Lynn Husman, President of the BHSS Foundation. Between $5,000 to $10,000 of this amount is funded by the BHSS Foundation Western Collectibles Auction. This year's event will be 10 a.m. Jan. 30 at Rushmore Holiday Inn in Rapid City, South Dakota. Items may be viewed starting at 10 a.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday. The cost for admission is $4 per person.

The auction will feature, for the first time, a trade show.

"There are about 10 people that bring their items to the trade show to buy direct from them," Husman said. "They pay a fee to have their table there for two days."

“We will have everything from old rifles to Native American memorabilia, saddles, bridles, old books, brand books, you name it, (the auction) just about has it. Some of these guns are going to go as high as $30,000 some will be in the $500 to $1,000 range.” Lynn Husman, BHSS Foundation president

"We give away six $2,000 scholarship that are renewable for one year, two $2,000 scholarships at the auction, two $1,000 at the High School Rodeo Finals, and we give away two $1,000 scholarships at the High School Extreme Rodeo during Stock Show," Husman said.

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The live auction features 410 historical items. A percentage of most items will contribute to the foundation fund, and the proceeds from ten of the items are earmarked totally for the BHSS Foundation.

"We will have everything from old rifles to Native American memorabilia, saddles, bridles, old books, brand books, you name it, (the auction) just about has it," Husman said. "Some of these guns are going to go as high as $30,000 some will be in the $500 to $1,000 range."

The Foundation is working with Dakota Plains Auction Company in Lead, South Dakota, for the first time in the two decades of the auction.

"The auction was canceled last year due to a BHSS Foundation member's health," said Rick Oleson, Dakota Plains Auction Company Owner and Western Collectibles Auctioneer. "We agreed to pick it back up and keep it going for them. A lot of people missed it last year and wanted it."

Oleson listed what he considers several "standout" items within the auction including: Item #162, an E.C. Lee saddle, by an early Pierre, South Dakota maker in incredible condition; #196, an original engraved brass frame Henry rifle from union solider worth between $30,000 and $40,000; #98, a fantastic pair of Rex Schnitger spurs, an early Wyoming maker, extremely rare and from 1890-1920; #90, an engraved Colt Single Action Revolver from Burt Reynold's personal gun collection worth $5,000 to $10,000; #139, a fully-functioning 3/4 scale Gatling gun; #264, a "dynamite" early pair of Mike Morales California-style spurs with straps from 1900-1910; and #99, a 1880-1890 Sioux beaded war shirt that originally came out of the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Both Husman and Oleson said they appreciate those involved in making the auction a success.

"We have a lot of volunteers that help and I always want to thank everyone for coming on board," Husman said. "We wouldn't be as successful and give away all the scholarships without them."

"I want to sent a nice big thank you to everyone who supports the BHSS Foundation," Oleson said. "All that money goes to a good cause."

Students interested in applying for a 2017 BHSS Foundation Scholarship may visit http://www.BHSSF.com and select "Scholarships."

Those interested in more information on the Western Collectibles Auction, receiving a full-color catalog, or viewing items or bidding online may visit http://DakotaPlainsAuctions.com.

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