Attendees were greeted by Christmas music on Friday as they walked into the Fair Park Coliseum for the second night of the Hope Lions Club Annual Christmas Auction.

Attendees were greeted by Christmas music on Friday as they walked into the Fair Park Coliseum for the second night of the Hope Lions Club Annual Christmas Auction.
The auction is a long standing tradition for the Hope Lions Club as their largest fundraiser of the year.
"I have been coming to the auction ever since I was a little girl," Cherry Stewart, auction attendee, said.
She said she enjoys the bargains.
"I got an electric guitar for my husband one year, and a Holland grill as well. It's just looking for that great bargain," she said.
Stewart commended the Lions Club for what they do with the funds and their work in the community.   
"It's all part of the fun of it. I'd say they have more items this year," Haskell Morse, auction attendee, said.
The Hempstead County Melody Boys played in the Coliseum from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Lion Mark Ross, who headed the donation collection committee, said the music is new this year.
He said Thursday night the Joy Trio from Unity Baptist Church performed and the Hand Bell Choir from First United Methodist Church will perform tonight.
While the adults were bidding the children were busy decorating a Christmas tree. The Lions and 21st Century hosted a kids corner for children to make paper ornaments and paper Christmas chains.
The organizations annual fundraiser set off without a hitch on Thursday night Ross said.
"Thursday, I would say, was better than average. We had a good turnout with people wanting to bid," he said.
He said an estimated 175 people attended Thursday's auction, with 111 bidders.
An estimated 973 donations have been given to the auction.
A live and silent auction goes on through all three nights. The larger items are open for bidding all three nights.
Ross said there are six vacation packages that are open for bidding through all three nights of the live auction. He said there are also two vacation packages for the silent auction.  
A popular item that is open for auction through all three nights is the 2004 GMC Envoy donated by Hope Auto. The auction also received a Bamboo mattress and quilted bed donated by Right Choice Rentals.
"B and R Lumber on South Main donated over $7,000 worth of builders hardware equipment," Ross said.
He said the Lions Club greatly appreciates all the donations from all businesses.