(Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)
The 11th annual Manila Future Farmers of America Alumni dinner and auction was held Friday evening drawing a large crowd to the Manila Community Center.
Manila High School FFA Adviser Dale Poag welcomed everyone expressing his appreciation to all the area businesses and individuals who donate each year to make the auction successful.
"We started off this year with two real estate school scholarships donated by Ronnie Kelton," Poag said.
A catfish dinner, catered by Ed's Catfish House, was held before the auction. Frankie Williams and Todd Emison served as auctioneers keeping the bidding lively for the over 100 items auctioned. Members of the FFA Alumni Association and Manila FFA assisted in the event.
The auction started off with a drawing for the U-Pick It ticket winner. During the dinner, guests had the opportunity to purchase a U-Pick It ticket for $20 with the winner having their choice of items before the auction started. This year's winner was Steve Metheny.
Drawings were also held for a $500 and two $250 shopping sprees at Turtle Creek Mall in Jonesboro.
Winners of the two shotgun drawings were Hunter Veach and Tommy Wagner.
A new event was held with the auctioneer passing his cowboy hat around the room. At the end of the collection the money went to the highest bidder.
Among the items auctioned were several items made by the Manila FFA high school students including an 8x12' wooden storage building, two barbecue grills, four-wheeler trailer, car hauler trailer and heavy duty swing.
All of the proceeds from the annual event go toward scholarships to help young people continue their education to colleges or vocational technical schools.
"We appreciate all of our area businesses, individuals who donate and everyone for attending, helping us make the event such a success," Will DeSpain, president of the Manila Alumni Association, said.