Update: May 3

We attended Saturday night and will have pictures and a write-up in next week's paper. 

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Final preparations are underway for the Clinton FFA dinner and auction, scheduled for Saturday night, April 29.

The event is a first for the group, and is being used to generate funds for activities and scholarships for the group, Justin Wiedower, Clinton Ag Teacher said.

Featured at the dinner is speaker and Razorback Champion Anthony Lucas, one of the all time great receivers for the team and the first to break 1,000 yards receiving in a single season.

As Wiedower discussed the preparations, students were bustling about the Clinton Schools Ag building, putting the final touches on various student-crafted items destined for auction at the event, including outdoor fire pits and decorative metal art, all fabricated by students. Some of the metal work was quite intricate, a product of the program's new plasma cutter and its capabilities. Students learned how to design and program using the machine. Additional items includes sports memorabilia, and donations from area businesses.

Clinton FFA is leading Arkansas in scholarships this year, with over $12,000 awarded to this year's graduates. It is one of the top 10 programs by rank in the state for all size schools.

Wiedower, joined by Ag Teacher Chad Mooney, said the program's greatest asset is the hard works of its members, the students which has resulted in the consistent high ranking. Students participate in competitions throughout the year and show “excellence in whatever they're doing,” he said.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a $10 dinner of pork butt and smoked ribs, followed by the live auction at the Clinton School Cafeteria.