(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
Over 300 were in attendance. The evening kicked off with a fish fry/barbecue dinner catered by Jimmy Franks. Members of the Manila Future Farmers of America assisted with the serving.
Over 100 items were donated by businesses and individuals for the auction. Also, prizes were given away throughout the evening. This year's event had two special items designated for children 12 and under only to bid on and several items for women only to bid on.
Auctioneers Paul Robbins, Mike Adams, Scott Gifford and Sammy Williams kept the bidding lively with the help of volunteers including Dwight Whittenburg, Greg Adams, Danny Minirith and other volunteers.
Proceeds for the annual event are used for scholarships to Manila students to help further their education. Scholarships can be used to attend college or vocational-technical schools.
This year's auction was kicked off with a new event. A "You Pick It" drawing. A limited number of tickets were sold for $20 and the one winner had the opportunity to choose any item they wanted from the auction items. Jimmy Simpson was the lucky winner and he picked one of the several guns to be auctioned.
Auctioned items included everything from quilts, guns, ice chests complete with steaks and soft drinks, homemade ice cream freezers full of ice cream, picnic tables and barbecue grill made by the Manila FFA, MHS signed basketball print, Round-Up, prints, cookie jars with homemade cookies, and much more.
Ten chances on a Benelli Nova shotgun were auctioned throughout the evening. It was given away at the end of the auction. The winner was Jackie Parker of Manila.
President of the Manila FFA Alumni Association is Ernie Malloy. Manila High School FFA Adviser is Dale Poag.
Poag and Malloy expressed their appreciation for the support of the community in making this year's event a success.
People were not looking for a bargain but they were there to help and support the area young people.