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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Many women wouldn't pick bidding on a date as their first choice -- but when it comes to combatting homelessness in Bakersfield, that could change.
That's what many women will do this weekend as 16 local bachelors take the stage at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace to be auctioned off to raise funds for the Bakersfield Homeless Center.
Joe Peters, 22, a salesman who's taking part in the 13th annual Boots & Bachelors Auction, said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox" he hopes to be auctioned for $1,500.
"It's a competition, the more you can raise the better," Peters said.
Over the years, the auction has raised some $1.3 million for the homeless center. Bids typically start at about $400 to $500 and have gone as high as $12,000.
Peters said he's heard different stories about what happens after being auctioned -- and simulcast host Scott Cox didn't ease his nerves.
"A bunch of women are going to treat you guys like pieces of meat, they are going to walk in there and know exactly who they want," Cox said.
Regardless, Cox said the event is for a great cause. He encouraged Peters and Jamin Moore, 27, who also appeared on "First Look," to dress to impress and have fun.