(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
Thanks to the Alumni members, donations from area businesses and individuals, and the support from those attending, the event grossed $14,000. Ernie Malloy, FFA Alumni President, said the total was up approximately $2,000 from last year.
Proceeds from the event are used for scholarships for Manila seniors. Scholarships are awarded to students that attend college or vo-tech school.
Following the catfish and barbecue dinner, the auction was kicked off by members of the Manila High School FFA presented the flags with Holly McGuire, Deborah White and Alan Herren singing the National Anthem.
Rev. Waymon Holt, pastor of Milligan Ridge Baptist Church, offered the invocation.
Auctioneers Mike Adams and Scott Gifford kept the bidding going for the over 100 items auctioned. Serving as ring men were Dwight Whittenburg, Greg Adams, and Tony Hawkins, along with FFA students.
Drawing were held and prizes were given out throughout the evening.
It was obvious that people were not there looking for a bargain but there to help with the fund raiser. Items such as tools, chemicals, chairs, prints, quilts, gift certificates, sod, concrete, miniature collectible farm tools, prints, barbecue pits, smokers, fish cooker, electric ice cream makers filled with ice cream ready to serve, boat and trailer and much more.
Two collectible footballs were auctioned in a kids' only auction. Those bidding had to be under 12 years old.
Drawings were held for a Remington 3-1/ 12 Gauge shotgun which was won by Jimmy Vassar. James "Bull" Despain won the Benilli Nova Shotgun.
Dale Poag, Manila FFA Adviser and member of the FFA Alumni Association, thanked everyone for participating.
"Everything that is raised goes for scholarships and helps give our young people a good start on their future," Poag said.