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Bearfootin' Bear auction ends with celebration on Saturday

The 2021 Bearfootin’ Bear auction is in its final days as virtual bidding ends at 6 p.m. Saturday when artists, nonprofit leaders and bear fans will celebrate the end of another public art season.

The public is invited to a countdown event at the Historic Train Depot Plaza on Maple Street from 4 until 6:30 p.m. Attendees and bidders will meet the bears while enjoying live music, beer, wine, and food trucks. The event hosts will guide participants through the evening, announcing incoming bids amid charming commentary. While there won’t be voice call bidding at the event, attendees will be able to bid live via cell phone and can ask for setup assistance at a designated registration table.

Since 2003, the Bearfootin’ Art Walk has helped raise funding for Friends of Downtown Hendersonville and a variety of local nonprofits. In addition to raising funds, the bears offer a window into good work being done by community organizations.