Grab your coveralls and dress wear, because Carhartts and Caviar is getting ready for another round in Swift Current.
The annual fundraising auction has tickets available for early purchasing for what will be it's eleventh installment at the Great Plains College.
Carhartts and Caviar is run by the students in the college's welding program. They are getting ready even now, preparing welded pieces of artwork to be auctioned off to help fund their prestigious program.
Bryce Martin, the donor services coordinator with Great Plains College, is excited to see people come out and show their support.
"This is an event that allows the college welding students a unique learning opportunity to practice the skills they're learning by designing and creatively creating custom metal art items," described Martin. "The evening is comprised of around 300 people we expect to have in attendance."
Ticket's for this year's Carhartts and Caviar can be purchased from Great Plains College for $50. After the early bird promotion ends, they will be available for $60 each. Folks can either buy them in person at the College or call (306-773-1531) for purchase.
Last year's Carhartts and Caviar helped bring the total for the amount raised to around $250,000 over the last 10 years. This year, they hope to continue to bring in big bids on their hard work, with every cent helping to pay it forward in the program.
"Another exciting element of the evening is the ever-popular 'Junkyard Wars' competition, which sees the welding students break into two teams," said Martin. "They have a friendly competition to see which teams' metal art will receive the highest bid in the auction."
This money goes back into the program via funding for equipment like tools and the namesake Carhartt's. The Caviar, sadly, is only for the event and not part of the regular program lunch.
In years past, people have gotten to shake hands with other members of the community, making the evening a wonderful chance to build connections and develop relationships across the various walks of life present in Swift Current.
The bidding can soar into the thousands of dollars, with last year's highlight being the 'River Table'. The final bid for this extravagant furniture ended up totalling $4,700, made by Chad McLeod.