Rector FFA Dinner and Auction Held
Historically, one of the most well-attended annual events at the Rector Community Center is the Rector High School FFA dinner and auction. The same can be said for this year's event, held Saturday evening. Parking was at a premium outside, while inside tables and chairs filled the Crockett Multi-Purpose Room with the A-1 Auction company set up on the stage. Tables in front of the stage sagged with the weight of auction items. This year thanks to a generous donation, the FFA chapter from Rector High School did not charge for the dinner but accepted donations and sold raffle tickets.
Fried fish, fried chicken, and all the trimmings were offered, while the crowd also enjoyed choosing from an array of desserts. While dining, neighbors circulated through the tables, visiting with each other and browsing the items for auction, marking their sheets for the items they hoped to win.
Before the auction began, Rodney McClelland of A-1 Auctions from Paragould addressed the crowd, encouraging bidders to remember, “We’re here to raise money for the kids.”
One of the major items, bringing a high bid of $200, was a Rector Cougar fire pit. Michael Hollis, FFA adviser and teacher, reminded attendees the students have equipment and materials to make any fire pit, customized for the buyer. “Just call the high school and leave me a message or call my classroom,” he offered. “We can make any style, custom for you.”
The surprise auction item was a mixed-breed lab and golden retriever which sold for $210. A gorgeous piece of furniture built by Bret Sanders could serve as a credenza or be used as a dog crate or kennel in a den or living area. It went for $480. Another favorite item was a two-seat bench made by Rector FFA, selling for $145.
One of Rector’s favorite cooks, Belinda Matheney, offered for auction a strawberry cake, an ooey-gooey butter cake and two pecan pies. Each items brought between $40 and $50, and were deemed well worth those prices. As a polar opposite in aesthetic, a patent-pending cattle curtain from Newport FFA’s adviser brought $260. Many other items crafted by FFA members were offered, including a rifle rack which brought $55.
Each of the knives that was sold for chances for the Reuger 22 drawing went for upward of $110, thus raising over $1,000 for Rector FFA, and giving the raffle-ticket holders a chance for the rifle. Ryan Rients’ number was drawn for the rifle, meanwhile Jerry Benson took home the .22 revolver and Phillip Snider went home with the 887 shotgun.
Talk among those remaining until the end of the event centered on the quality of the auction items, with many making plans to contact Hollis to buy custom designed and crafted benches, firepits and picnic tables. Certainly, the crowd was looking forward to another FFA auction, with several noting, “I seldom miss one of these auctions. It’s my favorite thing to do – go to auctions.”