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Sugar in the air

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Prom benefits from sweets auction

By Lou Elliott Jones

The prices started at $10, but they went much higher for the desserts offered by Cedar Key's finest bakers.

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And it was for a good cause. They money supports the annual spring prom for the Class of 2012.

The juniors, Class of 2013, whose motto is "We're the 13est," put on a good show of pies, cakes and cookies.

Mayor Heath Davis was the auctioneer, and he was leaving no dollar in the wallets and purses of the crowd assembled in the Cedar Key School Auditorium as he called for bids on almost 150 items.

"The cake is $10 and it has at least half a bag of Hershey's Kisses on top, so that's another $10 to start the bidding at $20," Davis said as a student showed him the item before proffering it in a walk around the audience to stoke up bidding.

Before the bidding started, Davis said there were two rules, skip bidding against Dottie Grix, who had a clipboard with items she was hunting. 

"And if you bid against Sue Colson, she's going to tell you to stop because she knows what she wants and how much she's going to pay," Davis said. Among the items up for bid were two cakes by Colson, a city commissioner. Her pina colada cake fetched $75. 

Levy County Property Appraiser Oz Barker had several paddles for bidding, each representing someone who was tied up at another sweets auction held at the same time at Chiefland High School. Barker placed winning bids on behalf of County Commissioner Chad "Cracker" Johnson, County Judge James T. Browning, Knauff Funeral Home and NAPA Auto Parts in Chiefland as well as himself. 

Bubba Castell, a former CK police chief, bought three items, including bidding on an item for a relative County Commissioner Ryan Bell.

Among the sweets was a chicken pot pie that went for $65. 

Jan Allen, who recently started Island Girl Cakes bakery, donated a couple of her her famous coconut cakes. One of them fetched $180 in a bidding war that City Attorney Norm Fugate lost to a resident. 

Students Molly Gordon, Haley Simpson, Chloe Reynolds, Montana Beckham, and Keith Eberhardt paraded the items past the bidders who took little notice of the students but oogled what was in their hands. 

"I don't know what this cake is," Davis said of one cake, "But even if you don't know what it is it's famous."

The Banana Cream Pie in a Bowl that was purchased by School Board member Paige Brookins won't be on her Thanksgiving table. She donated it to the school staff. Charlotte Yearty said it was a welcome gift that the staff consumed on Tuesday.

The $4,183 raised for the prom may be a record, Yearty said,