The COVID-19 pandemic has shut down most events in the local area since March. The Hopkinsville Rotary Club announced Tuesday that its 70th annual auction will still happen.

It will just look a bit different.

The club’s board of directors met last Thursday to see if the auction was possible with Kentucky’s ever-changing COVID-19 guidelines. Scott Cowan, rotary president, said that the state has specific guidelines set out for auctions.

“Either we change the way we do things and have an auction,” Cowan said of the meeting. “Or we don’t have an auction at all.”

The auction will not have any in-person events. The War Memorial Building will only be open to rotarians.

“We just can’t social distance,” Cowan said of the choice to not have guests. “We just can’t take a chance of something happening earlier in the week and then just shutting us down for the rest of the week.”

The auction will also not serve or sell any kind of food this year. Cowan said there is no way for the rotary to know if the food that is sold has not been around the virus in some way.

The auction will stream online at hopkinsvillerotary.com/auction/ and Spectrum cable channel 16-103. It will also be broadcast over the radio at 98.7 FM.

“Old school radio auction,” Cowan said. “That’s what we’ll be doing.”

Sales will be made by call-ins only. Those phone numbers will be made public before and during the auction.

“I’m still excited for the auction,” Cowan said. “In 2020, ‘The Year of the Cancel,’ we’re not canceling.”

The 70th annual Hopkinsville Rotary Club auction will be from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sept 14-18 and from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. Sept. 19.

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