Manila FFA Auction held

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Rodney McClelland (right) auctioneer and Manila FFA Adviser Grahm Agee.

It was an evening of good food and lively bidding as Manila FFA Alumni Association hosted the annual FFA (Future Farmers of America) dinner and auction.

The barbecue pork steak dinner was prepared by Dale Woody and his team and over 100 items were auctioned.

FFA advisers from neighboring schools joined Grahm Agee, Manila FFA adviser, to help with the event. High School FFA members also assisted in the auction.

Proceeds from the event go to scholarships. The FFA Alumni Association organized in 1997 and through last year's event raised $142,000. Many graduates have received scholarships due to the efforts of the alumni group. Many of the scholarship recipients received yearly scholarships through their college years.

Rodney McClelland of Paragould served as auctioneer, along with Joel Grimes.

"We do about 28 or 30 of these benefit auctions a year," McClelland said. "Every penny raised tonight will go for the kids. Manila is fortunate to have Grahm here to take care of your kids."

McClelland started out by bringing the 18 FFA students to the front. The young people volunteered eight hours of work.

The first draw of the evening was for a U-pick it ticket. Tickets for $20 were sold during the dinner hour. The winner of the drawing had the opportunity to pick the item of her choice. The winner was Julie Rye.

Drawings were held throughout the evening. Among the items auctioned were tools, chemicals, Yeti coolers, miniature collectible farm equipment, Hawks duck call, fish fryers, fire pits, truck tool box, Southworth lift, garden tiller, Marathon water heater, deer stand, gift baskets, tires, and much more.

Ten chances were auctioned with the high bidder getting a Yeti cup and a chance at a muzzle loader. The winner was Landon Woody. Landon is a member of the FFA Alumni Association and a recipient of an FFA scholarship.

Chances were sold for a shotgun to be given away at the end of the evening. The winner was Hunter Jackson.

A .22 rifle was won by Beth Jolliff.

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