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BHSS Foundation annual auction

The Black Hills Stock Show (BHSS) Foundation is once again hosting its annual Old West Collector's Auction and Stockman's Auction at this year's BHSS. In their 20th years, the auctions have a wide range of items for buyers to sort through.

"We have something for everybody," said Lynn Husman, BHSS Foundation president. "We have saddles, spurs, bits, cowboy gear, chaps, headstalls, guns, leather, knives, items from the U.S. calvary, rodeo memorabilia, kids' gear, Western books, Western art and home decor, and Western jewelry. We've got 350 items for sale this year, so there's plenty of great items to choose from at this year's auctions."

The BHSS Foundation Old West Collector's Auction Preview will be held Friday, Jan. 31 from 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 1 from 8-10 a.m. The sale starts at 10 a.m. There is a $3 cover charge that goes directly to the BHSS Foundation youth scholarships. Husman encourages folks who aren't in attendance to call a committee member with their bids.

"We have dozens of old guns to choose from this year, and several old U.S. Cavalry items like an officer's saber belt from 1861 and a U.S. Army doctor's bag from 1895," said Husman. "We have a special item this year – William Cody's gold-filled watch, plus a picture of Bill from the William Cody Collection."

The BHSS Foundation Stockman's Auction will be held on Feb. 5, 2014, with 25 donated items to be sold during the BHSS Banquet and Ball.

"We will be giving away six $2,000 youth scholarships to area seniors during the banquet," said Husman. "We really appreciate the folks who donate items to this auction. It really helps us support our community, especially area youth."

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Members of the BHSS Foundation congratulate this year's scholarship winners: Lane A. Blasius, Wall, SD – Wall High School, Avery Johnson, Midland, SD – Philip High School, Bryce Olson, Prairie City, SD – Harding Co. High School, Sydney L. Sleep, Spearfish, SD – Spearfish High School, Lisa M. Smith, Kimball, SD – Kimball High School and Keely S. Thompson, New Underwood, SD – New Underwood High School.

The scholarships are renewable in the youth's second year of college, if they maintain a 3.0 GPA and 13 credit hours, explained Husman.

"We are really proud of our past recipients," he said. "They really represent us well."

The BHSS Foundation prides itself on being able to support the community. Each year, the Foundation gives away $26,000 in scholarships to area high school seniors. In the past, they have donated to help the Black Hills Children's Home in Keystone, S.D. They have helped youth and family services in the area. They have helped build the hospice house in Rapid City, S.D. They also give to the Western Junior Livestock each year. They have donated money to rural medical facilities in small towns, as well as donated to local fire departments during droughts.

"Every year we receive new suggestions for people who are in need of help, and we always sit down as a board and discuss which causes we would like to support," said Husman. "We really believe in supporting our area youth."

"Creating and maintaining the financial support necessary to support grant and scholarship programs is not an easy task and would be impossible without the individuals, businesses and organizations that have become a part of the Black Hills Stock Show Foundation," he added. "Just about all of our help – from the auctioneers, to the ringmen, to the folks who sell raffle tickets and take tickets at the door – are all volunteers. We couldn't do it without them."

The BHSS Foundation was established to manage scholarship and grant programs benefiting the communities, the region and the people who support Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo and the livestock industry. The annual scholarships are awarded to young adults pursuing higher education in agricultural fields of study and who plan to put their education to work back in the area.

The annual grants are awarded for programs and projects that serve to bring greater awareness, information and services to regional/community interests by increasing knowledge and furthering rural social and economic well-being.

Make plans to attend both auctions during the 2014 Black Hills Stock Show to score some neat Western heritage items and support the Black Hills community.

More information on the auctions can be found at http://www.bhssf.com.