By Lisa Britton

For the Baker City Herald

Although donations are still coming in, this year’s Great Salt Lick auction raised at least $16,000 for Parkinson’s disease research

“It was incredible what stuff was going for,” said Whit Deschner, founder of the contest. “There was not a dull moment — best laugh to date.”

This year’s contest brought in more than 40 salt blocks, plus poems without blocks — one of which was sold at the auction.

“Somebody wanted to buy a poem only — that was kind of neat,” Deschner said.

The mechanical salt licker cow built and donated by Buck Pilkenton sold for $5,000 to become a piece of public art in Bourne.

“Because Bourne doesn’t have any public art,” Deschner said.

This year’s proceeds bring the 12-year total close to $130,000 raised for the Parkinson’s Center at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.