Ash Grove FFA raffles hog, auctions off desserts

The Ash Grove FFA held a hog raffle fundraiser at the Ash Grove High School commons area on Saturday, Dec. 1. An estimated 95 people attended the event.
The fundraiser featured a chili supper, where FFA members served chili, donated by Culvers, of Springfield.
“We want to thank them for allowing us to do this at no cost,” said MaKenna Johnson, FFA chapter president. Johnson herself was highly involved in the evening’s activities. As master of ceremonies, she made announcements, handled the hog raffle drawing, and also presented her speech, ‘Ag Educators: Strengthening Agriculture.’ Johnson had presented the speech in earlier speaking competitions; she won first place in area and third in Southwest Missouri.
The half hog raffle, donated by DNT Farms of Willard, was also held. The winner was Stacey Ware, who estimated she bought about 75 of the nearly 1,500 raffle tickets sold.
When asked how long she could stretch out a half hog, Ware replied that it would depend on her husband.
“He really likes bacon,” she laughed.
In addition to the hog raffle, several community members donated homemade desserts which were auctioned off by Lyndel Hall, a local auctioneer. Several people bought desserts at a wide range of prices. For example, Dianna Wheeler bought a pecan upside down cake and pumpkin rolls for $17.50 each, and a vanilla rhubarb custard for $12.50. Former member Kody Collins, on the other hand, paid $105 for a batch of cinnamon rolls. Asked why he paid so much, Collins said he just wanted to support the FFA.
Dillon Magers, the FFA chapter’s reporter, said Hall’s auctioneering was one of the evening’s highlights.
“He really brought in the spirit of the pie auction and helped bring in the funds for our chapter,” Magers said.
The hog raffle raised $1,336 for the FFA. Nathan Isakson, FFA advisor, said the money would go to support the chapter in their activities.
“We fundraise all throughout the fall, and we try to have a wide variety of activities for students to participate in,” he said. “This is going to pay for transportation cost, hotel stays, registration fees. It pays for food for students and sponsorships for kids who may not have the financial means to participate in all of the activities in our program. Our calendar is a full, 12-month calendar. Every month, we have about four or five activities that are all unique to themselves. We don’t repeat activities throughout the year.”


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