Dec 1, 2020Rears Sprayer Raffle begins at Washington Apple Education Foundation
Many of us consider this time of year to be “Rears Sprayer Raffle Season” at the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF). This year, we’re throwing in a twist (really, can you believe it a twist in 2020?!?).
This year, the Rears Powerblast Sprayer is available to the top bidder in a silent auction that opens Tuesday, Dec. 1 and continues through noon on Wednesday, Dec. 9 when the winning bidder will be announced at the Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) Annual Meeting occurring online.
For 25 years WAEF has been the beneficiary of an orchard sprayer donated by Rears Manufacturing. In years past, the foundation has utilized the sprayer in a raffle held during the tree fruit industry annual meeting occurring in early December. When we learned earlier this fall that state gambling laws would not allow the raffle to occur in a virtual format, Rears Manufacturing donated the sprayer to WAEF to sell in a silent auction instead.
The sprayer is a Rears 400-gallon TTN profile airblast sprayer valued at over $20,000. Sprayer specifications and details are posted at www.waef.org/event/auction.
To bid, interested parties should send their current bid to [email protected] or call (509) 663-7713. The current top bid will be updated regularly at www.waef.org/event/auction starting Dec. 1 until the auction concludes at noon on Dec. 9.
Funds from the sprayer auction benefit students raised in central Washington tree fruit communities. Annually WAEF awards over $1 million in scholarships to college students. In addition to financial support, students are supported by WAEF with activities that support on-time graduation and career preparation. This year over 300 students are attending college with WAEF scholarships.