Nichole Hannahs

Thousands Show Up For Thompson Auction

by Nichole Hannahs on August 14, 2013 at 8:18 am

The infamous Terry Thompson farm in Muskingum County is the scene of a big auction.  Thousands of people showed up for the event that started at 9 a.m. and caused traffic problems on Kopchak Road to U.S. 40.

It was two years ago in October that Thompson released over 50 exotic animals and then committed suicide.  Sheriff’s deputies were forced to kill most of the animals to ensure public safety. Some people waited in line for over an hour to get a glimpse of what the farm held. Some traveling as far away as Charleston, West Virginia and Indianapolis.

"I think all the news press from where he let his wild animals go yeah that kind of captures your attention and curiosity," said Carla Huff from Indianapolis, Indiana.

Ken Fairall was waiting to bid on motorcycle tanks. He said he just wanted a piece of local history an item owned by Terry Thompson.

"We weren’t good friends or anything like that but, he was always at the fair. My daughter showed horses at the fair and he was always at the horse barn with a monkey or a parrot or something and the kids loved him," said Auction Hunter Ken Fairall.

Items up for auction included horses, vintage vehicles and radio controlled airplanes.  Flood lights have been brought in for the event since it is expected to go well into the evening.  There are reports of people from all over the country attending the event.