The amount raised during last Saturday’s annual East Newton’s FFA BBQ Pork Dinner and Work Auction totaled $4,400.

The amount raised during last Saturday’s annual East Newton’s FFA BBQ Pork Dinner and Work Auction totaled $4,400.

The East Newton Young Farmer/Farm Wives sponsored the dinner. The work auction was done by the FFA group and both were held at the East Newton High School.

“The attendance was down a little compared to last year’s,” said John Littlefield, the FFA chapter’s advisor. “I think we probably served 150-175 meals at the barbecue supper. Moving it into the fall might have hurt us on attendance just a little bit. Hopefully, we can re-establish it the fall each and every year and get our crowd back.

“We had 39 students that sold through the auction and we brought in right at $2,200. We had some donated items. When it is all said and done, I think that our total is going to be close to the $3,000 mark, that is the labor auction and donated items. On the barbecue supper, I believed we raised right at $1,400. That will go to the scholarship fund that we have established.”

The students who were “auctioned off” during the labor auction will do everything from mending a fence, to picking up rocks, to cutting or stacking wood, to cleaning houses, to name a few chores.

Littlefield said the money raised thorough the labor auction goes to “all of the expenses associated with our FFA activities throughout the year.”

On the scholarship side, Littlefield said the young farmers group and agricultural foundation will have to check their finances, but guarantee at least two $400-$500 scholarships.

“But we try to keep it where we can give four to five in that same amount of range,” he said. “We just have to look at the finances, see what we have in the account and hopefully we can make that happen again this year. And then build next year’s to get it even more out there.”

Littlefield thanked the community that came out for this worthy event on behalf of East Newton FFA.

“Everything that we raised, these kids will be able to come up with new and exciting ways to improve their life,” he said. “We appreciate the community support that we have.”

The East Newton FFA chapter is gearing up for another community service project on Nov. 3.

“It is going to be a consignment auction here at the East Newton High School,” Littlefield said. “Our community development committee is going to put this together to provide an opportunity for our local farmers and agriculturalists to have a place to get some machinery at a good bargain and also to have a place for someone to sell some used equipment that they no longer need and would like to get rid of. So we are looking for consignments for that event as well.”

Those wanting to take items for the consignment auction can do so on Friday, Nov. 2 from 3-6 p.m. at the high school or the day of the sale from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Auction begins at noon on Nov. 3.

For more information, please call 472-6150.