BIC FFA dinner/auction raises over $24,000

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The annual Buffalo Island Central Future Farmers of America (FFA) dinner/auction was held Monday evening, March 11, with lots of food catered by Bigg Butts, auction items, and fun.

BIC member learns the art of auctioning from some of the best in the business.

"It is all for the kids," BIC FFA Adviser Bruce Fires said. "We appreciate the people who support our organization throughout the year. I also appreciate the FFA leaders from other schools, auctioneers, and helpers who come out to help with the event. FFA has 550,000 members in the United States and other counties. That is something big. Not too many other organizations will bring other schools together for something like this. We (FFA) are a big family."

Among the auctioneers, FFA advisers, and helpers at the BIC event were Rodney McClellan of Paragould; Michael Hollis of Rector; Austin Kennon of Bono/Brookland; Derick Carter of Paragould; Craig Dewey of Vilonia; Josh Parks of Westside/Jonesboro; Harold Dean McCain of Vilonia; Nathan McClellan of Paragould; Lesley Newsom of Senath/Hornersville; Troy Weatherly of Beebe and others kept the bidding lively.

As an added item, auctioneer McClellan passed a hat around the room collecting donations and then auctioned the hat filled with money. The high bidder for the money-hat was $380.

In addition to the live auction, a silent auction, drawings, and door prizes were part of the evening.

Participants were not looking for bargains, they were there to support the BIC FFA and bid generously on the over 125 items auctioned.

Ten high bidders received a BIC FFA keepsake duck call made by Acoustic Duck Calls giving them the one in ten chance of winning a shotgun given away 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 this year's shotgun was Clayton Miller.

Several of the auction items, including picnic tables, cookers and deer feeders, were made by the FFA members, under the direction of Mr. Fires.

A 50/50 drawing was held and a 32" television donated by Robertson Furniture was given away. The winner of the 50/50 donated the money back to the FFA program.

FFA officers and members from BIC assisted in the auction and donated several items they had won at a weld-a-thon to be auctioned.

Also Taylor McNeel and Mason Strayhon, candidates for State FFA President, joined the event working with the BIC FFA members at the auction.

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