Manila FFA auction dedicated to Dale Poag

Friday, February 26, 2010
Byron Hitchcock and Cody Weathers with Ritter Agriculture Business presented a $2,000 donation to the Manila FFA Alumni Association at the auction held in memory of Dale Poag. Pictured with Hitchcock are Paula Poag and son, Paul Scott Poag, Jim Thieme, Manila FFA Adviser, and members of the Manila FFA. (Town Crier photos/Revis Blaylock)

The 12th Manila FFA Alumni dinner/auction was dedicated in the memory of Dale Poag, long time Manila FFA Adviser and supporter of the alumni association.

Poag died in a farming accident in August of 2009. Poag served as FFA Adviser at Manila High School for over 30 years.

The 2010 dinner/auction was held on Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Manila Community Center with over 250 attending.

A fish dinner was catered by Bigg Butts Barbecue of Leachville.

Members of the association presented Mr. Poag's family a framed picture.

Alumni member George Flagg welcomed the large crowd.

"This banquet/auction was created to help students further their education," Flagg said. "Proceeds from the auction have provided $85,000 in scholarships over the last 10 years. This was a dream of Dale Poag's."

He expressed his appreciation to everyone who contributes and to everyone who attends from year to year.

Sammy Williams served as the auctioneer for the evening with over 100 items to be auctioned.

Byron Hitchcock expressed his appreciation to the Manila FFA Alumni Association and spoke on what it had meant to him personally as well as to the community. He and Cody Weathers from Ritter Agriculture Business presented a $2,000 donation to the Alumni Association.

Members of the Manila High School FFA presented the flags before the auction began. This year's auction was kicked off with the popular "U-Pick It" winner having the opportunity to have the first choice of items.

Drawings were held for a variety of prizes including a grand prize of a $500 shopping spree at Turtle Creek Mall.

Winners of the two shotgun drawings were Kelly Fields and Tony Hawkins.

Candidate Tim Woolridge of Paragould was welcomed and served as auctioneer for several items giving Williams a short break.

Manila FFA, under the direction of Jim Thieme, Adviser, built a barbecue pit and a gooseneck trailer to be auctioned. The trailer sold for $2,300 and the barbecue pit for $700. Members of the Greene County Tech FFA built and donated deer stands and a Cajun Cooker to be auctioned.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the scholarship fund.

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