Fun and Food with the FFA

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Rector FFA members Kaylee Hartsfield, Madison Cate, Hadleigh Watson and Vanessa Jones display items during Saturday night's auction at the Rector Community Center.

A large crowd gathered Saturday night at the Rector Community Center to make the 12th annual FFA Dinner and Auction one of the most memorable events in the organization's history. An estimated crowd of over 250 people came out for the delicious fish and chicken dinner, with many remaining for the evening's auction.

"I knew the community supported the FFA, but I was still surprised by how many people came out for the dinner and auction," FFA advisor Hannah Gray said. "I was really pleased and thankful for the community's support. We have wonderful volunteers who help make things like this possible."

The evening began with a delicious meal of fried catfish, chicken strips, seasoned fries and traditional sides such as hush puppies, pickles and onions and delicious homemade desserts.

The auction was expertly handled by longtime supporter Rodney McClelland with Michael Hollis and Austin Kennon lending their vocal talents, as well. RHS FFA members proudly displayed a wide selection of items generously donated by area sponsors. The items included a wealth of tools, crafts, outdoor supplies, keepsakes and even furniture. Donors for the event included: Baker Implement, The Treasure Chest, Holcomb Pharmacy, Cox Lumber Company, Razorback Tire, Madpies', APEX Glass, Trammell's Quick Lube, Jones' Furniture, Las Margaritas, Riggs', Southern Fabrication, Darrell Gamblin, Skeeter Kell, Ace Hardware, Ken-Mo Ag., Legacy Equipment, Bartons', Sain's Floor Covering, Auto Zone, Miller's Sporting Goods, Bob's pawn Shop, Glen Sain, Riceland, Sollis Grain Bins, The Clay County Courier, Cate's Pharmacy, Clay County Electric, Jordan's Boots, Black's Building Center, Watson Oil Company, Home Place Furniture, Something Sweet, Vet Health Care Clinic, Oak Grove Boot Store, Paragould Cinema, Maxwell Feed, Delta Cotton Co-Op, The Clay County Times-Democrat, Radiance Day Spa, David Simmons, Crystal Goff, Rideout Lumber Company, Tractor Supply, Pete's Town, Case Equipment, Matt Rabjohn and Printer's Ink, Oak Grove Feed Store, Gazaway Lumber, Dub and Jane Cook, Russell's Truck Accessories, Branson's Welding, MFA, Gibson's Welding, Graves Gin, Greenpoint AG, Studio 119, Honeysuckle & Home, McCaul Tire, Big Top Flea Market, Sign Tech, Liv Home Furniture, 22 Lou Boutique, Bird's Nest, Lenderman's Tack, Adam's Florist, A and Z Collision Repair, Regions Bank, Centennial Bank, The Hair Loft, Battery Parts Warehouse, Bumper to Bumper, Herren Tire, Corner Drug, Lipstix and Lollipops, Hairloom, Stanley's Saw Mill, Sun Kiss Tanning, Hokes, Walden's Drug Store, Room to Grow, Ricetec, Home Oil Company, Pioneer Seed Company, Terral Seed Company, Monsanto, BASF, Syngenta, Armor, National Pawn, The Flower Barn, Joel Boyd, Jill Wynn, ARI, Erwin Eye Clinic, Debbie Robinson, Heather and Jodie Simmons, Dillon Hartsfield, Hill Top Farms, Matt Blount, The Hot Spot, Michael Lindsey of Farm Bureau, Johnny Scott, Serendipity Lane, Belinda Matheney and Orscheln.

"We're grateful to everyone who donated items for the auction and to the students and volunteers who gathered all the items," Gray said. "We had a variety of very nice things for the auction. There really was something for everyone."

While it was easy to get caught up in the food and the fun, the real goal of the evening was to raise the necessary funds for Rector FFA. Though the final amount raised has yet to be determined, the early estimate puts the total around $13,000.

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