There is nothing quite like an oldtime country auction in the South. It is more like a family gathering than a place to buy and sell. Farmers and ranchers

who have not seen each other in a while use the time between the buying and selling to catch up with each other. But the auctions are serious business

for these people as it generates income for them. Meanwhile, youngsters spend time playing. Teen boys keep an eye out for their lovely counterparts. Teen girls

spend the time flirting and giggling about the boys. All in all, it is an ordinary life that defines civilization.

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