Sep 21, 2019

Great Salt Lick

The Great Salt Lick Art Auction an annual event to benefit Parkinson's research held the 3rd Weekend in September at Crossroads. This remarkable community event has been featured OPB's Oregon Art Beat, the Oregonian, Capital Press, NPR "All Things Considered" and has been highlighted at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko Nevada. Here is a link to the OPB program, featuring Whit Deschner and the whole community, from ranchers, to art lovers, to the bovine artists themselves. Here is a humorous promotional video featuring a number of his supporters in Baker County, both human and four hoofed. Local ranchers scour their fields (sometimes other community members scour the ranchers' fields), looking for the most creatively licked salt blocks. It doesn't matter who licked the salt block (elk, deer, cows, horses, etc...). The blocks are then named, have poems written about them and are displayed for the auction. Whit Deschner is the brain child of this unique auction that benefits Parkinson's disease research. For more information about the Salt Lick Auction visit