Photos: North Fork Preserve equipment auctioned off

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Auctioneer Jim McBurnie of Riverhead hawks a set of socket wrenches.

Auctioneer Jim McBurnie held an auction of farm, nursery, skeet shooting and catering equipment at the North Fork Preserve on Sound Avenue in Northville Saturday morning.

The 307-acre North Fork Preserve property was purchased by the town and county for $18.3 million last year.

North Fork Preserve was a private hunting and fishing club established in 1984.

There were many familiar faces of Riverhead old timers, local farmers, farm workers and bargain hunters in the crowd. The owners of other nurseries on the North Fork came out looking for usable equipment for their businesses.

John Reeve of Aquebogue said he had his eyes set on new tires stored in a barn that he wanted to use for his backhoe.

McBurnie’s auction company of Riverhead is a family run business of 30 years. They have done many farm equipment auctions and even did the produce auction at Long Island Cauliflower Association in Riverhead.

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