Buffalo Island Central 2014 FFA auction/dinner draws over 300

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Auctioneer Rodney McClelland (left) auctioned over a hundred items and added eight hours of work from BIC FFA Adviser Bruce Fires.

The 2014 Buffalo Island Future Farmers of America (FFA) auction/dinner was not about finding bargains, it was about helping the young people and their program.

The annual event outgrew the school cafeteria and was held this year at the Sanders Building in Leachville on Saturday, March 29. Bruce Fires, BIC FFA adviser, along with FFA officers and members, welcomed over 300 in attendance.

The barbecue dinner was catered by Bigg Butts of Leachville. In addition to dinner, there were drawings for door prizes, a silent auction, and a live auction with over one hundred items auctioned with Rodney McClellan with A1 Auction Co. of Paragould and his son, Nathan, again volunteering to work the auction. Several assistants helped him keep the bidding lively and fun.

Buffalo Island Central FFA Officers at annual auction/dinner.

Candidates for county and state offices introduced themselves before the auction began. Among candidates present were Representative Homer Lenderman, District 53; Representative Wes Wagner, District 54; Mississippi County Sheriff Dale Cook; Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd; Gary Meadows, JP District 11; Leslie Mason, Mississippi County Circuit Clerk; David Wallace, State Representative 54; Ashley Broadway, Craighead County Circuit Clerk; Nancy Robbins, Craighead County Clerk; Dan Ritchey, Circuit Judge; Marsha Phillips, Craighead County Tax Collector; JP Bob Blankenship, Craighead County District 11; Chris Jester, Circuit Judge.

A drawing for a 50/50 give-away was won by Tanya Varner.

FFA advisers attending were called on to auction off an item for competition which proved to be fun. BIC advisers joining Mr. Fires in the competition were Casey Wells, Hoxie; Lucas Anderson, Newport; Harold Dean McCain, Vilonia; Leslie Newsom, Senath/Hornersville; Hannah Gray, Rector; Lane Lenderman, Cross County; B.J. Lenderman, Marmaduke; Cody Grey, Greene County Tech; and Craig Dewey, Vilonia. Also assisting was Austin Kennon, Brookland FFA adviser.

One of the main attractions for bidding were 10 duck calls giving the high bidders a chance to win a shotgun. The drawing for the shotgun was held at the end of the evening with the 10 high bidders eliminated one at a time. The last man standing and winner was Tyler Pitts.

It was a night "for the kids" and bidders were generous. Auctioneer McClelland passed a hat for donations and then auctioned off the hat which raised $500.

Chocolate covered strawberries, fried pies, coconut cake, along with bicycles, collectable tractors, seed, items made by the BIC FFA members, a freezer ready hog, land surveying, Yeti coolers, prints, tools, Red Bird tickets, a day's work by Mr. Fires, a 55" television and much more were auctioned.

The generous nature of the bidders came out when fried pies sold for over $300 and then were shared with the crowd. A child's bicycle was purchased for $100 and then given to the little boy who was riding it.

With all of the events, the FFA raised approximately $32,000. McClelland said it was the largest money earned through any FFA auction he has been a part of.

"I want to thank everyone who attended, for all of the donations, and everyone who helped make the auction successful," Fires said.

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