The ninth annual Future Farmers of America Alumni dinner/auction was held on Friday, Feb. 24 with over 300 attending. The dinner was catered by Ed's Catfish House. Members of the Manila High School FFA assisted in serving the dinner and with the auction.
Over 110 items were donated by businesses and individuals for the auction including a barbecue grill and picnic table made by the high school FFA members. The old saying, "Everything but the kitchen sink" would not apply to the auction as one of the items included a Kohler kitchen sink. The crowd had the opportunity to bid on a large variety of items including tools, chemicals, furniture, quilts, miniature tractors, sod and much more.
Proceeds from the annual auction goes for scholarships to help Manila seniors further their education.
Manila High School FFA Advisor welcomed everyone.
"I told my students to look around tonight and they would see there are a lot of people who care about them and their future," Poag said.
The auction was kicked off with a popular event called "You Pick it" drawing. A limited number of tickets were sold for $20 and the one winner had the opportunity to choose any item.
Paul Robbins started the auction and was followed by auctioneers Sammy Williams and Robert Morris. Among ringmen assisting with the auction were Greg Adams, Mike Adams, Hunter Whittenburg, and Dwight Whittenburg and members of the FFA Alumni Association.
Drawings were held throughout the auction with prizes given away.
Two farming prints were donated in memory of Roe Jackson, one of the early farming pioneers of the area. The picker print went for $525 and the combine print for $225.
Several guns were given away in different ways. Bids were taken on 10 chances throughout the auction for a muzzle loader given away at the end of the auction.
Tickets were sold on a 12 gauge Benelli Nova shotgun. Charles Glover won the drawing. A red ace from a deck of cards was drawn for the Remington 270 rifle won by Tony Hawkins and Jeremy Gamble who split the card. A ticket was drawn for a shotgun won by Jimmy Vassar. Also winning a shotgun was Trey Poteat.
Tickets were sold on a big screen television. The winner was Sandy Dennis of Blytheville.
FFA Alumni President Ernie Malloy expressed his appreciation to everyone who donated and attended the event.