It was a great night for Buffalo Island Central Future Farmers of America (FFA) as the cafeteria filled with supporters at the second annual FFA dinner/auction.
The bidders were not looking for bargains. They were there to support the BIC FFA program.
BIC FFA Adviser Bruce Fires recognized Rodney McClellan, along with several other auctioneers for their strong support of FFA. FFA advisers from other schools attended in support of the event keeping the bidding lively. Also assisting in the auction were Craig Dewey, Rector agri teacher; Nathan McClellan, Paragould; Daniel White, Rector FFA president; Austin Kennon, Walnut Ridge agri teacher; and Homer Lenderman, retired agri teacher and State Representative.
"This is fellowship and friendship," McClellan said. "The FFA students are fortunate to have Mr. Fires."
All of the FFA members present were recognized. They helped throughout the event.
Several county and state candidates were present and they had the opportunity to introduce themselves before the auction began.
A 50/50 drawing and a drawing for a television donated by Rodney Robertson was held. The winner of the television, C.J. Imboden of Bono, gave it back to be auctioned bringing an extra $450.
Ten high bidders received a keepsake duck call and a chance to win a shotgun at the end of the evening. The 10 numbers were drawn from a hat and the last man standing was the winner of the muzzle loader. Winning the shotgun was Blaine Wildy, son of Justin and Kristi Wildy.
Fires expressed his appreciation to all of the helpers, those who donated, and students for making the night such a great success.
The event raised over $22,000.
It was a large variety of items auctioned from handmade items by the FFA students (picnic tables, deer skinning station, Cajun cookers), donated items from business and individuals throughout the area, a large variety of gift certificates, several items donated by students themselves including collectable coins to babysitting days.
Fires was a good sport giving eight hours of labor to the highest bidder. The bid increased the proceeds by $525.