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Bearfootin' Bears to be sold at auction on Saturday

Bidding for the 2022 Bearfootin’ Art Walk bears is under way and ends Saturday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m.

After a successful pivot from a traditional live auction to virtual auctions that raised more than $84,000 in 2020 and $100,000 in 2021, the Friends of Downtown Hendersonville is continuing with a virtual bidding format this year. Bidders will be able to participate in the auction remotely and even submit bids via text message. To celebrate the final hours of the auction, the public is invited to a countdown event on Oct. 15 at the Historic Courthouse Square on Main Street from 4:30 until 6 p.m. Attendees and bidders will meet the bears while enjoying live music, beer, wine and other refreshments. The event hosts will guide participants through the evening, announcing incoming bids amid fun banter. While there won’t be voice-call bidding at the event, attendees will be able to bid live via cell phone. Bidders can ask for setup assistance at a designated registration table. To bid go to or, select a bear and click “bid now.” Bidders will make bids starting at $1,500 with a minimum increase of $100. A buy-it-now price is available for $10,000. The auction software will send a text confirmation of bids and a notification if outbid.