Houston E. Mull Memorial Scholarship Dinner and Auction has great turnout

Monday, October 28, 2013
An FFA member serves baked potatoes with a steak dinner to local supporters of the Houston E. Mull FFA Memorial Scholarship Saturday, Oct. 26. (Kelly Melies/Democrat-News)

On Saturday, Oct. 26, the 9th Houston E. Mull FFA Memorial Scholarship event was enjoyed by many. The local FFA Chapter, along with members from Slater, Sweet Springs, Santa Fe and Malta Bend, sponsored the event held at the Saline County Fairground.

Randy Plattner, Marshall FFA advisor, has helped with this event since its inception. He said they were competing with many events this weekend, but it was still a good turnout.

Brian Sowers was present to lend his hand as the emcee for the evening. He has also been a part of this event since the beginning and commends the students on all their hard work.

"This is phenomenal," Sowers said. "This is a great turnout."

Callie Dobbins and Paige Brock, also Marshall FFA advisors, helped with the event.

Dobbins, who has been an integral part of the event since the beginning, said several students from different chapters helped throughout the day preparing the food and getting things ready.

This was Brock's first time at the annual event. She is a new Marshall FFA advisor this year after just graduating from college, but has jumped right in and said she loves being a part of the chapter.

Skyler Thurman, Marshall FFA reporter, said the dinner consisted of steak, potato, baked beans, cole slaw and a cookie. The chapter helped prepare the baked potatoes, baked beans and the cookies.

Auctioneer Brenton Fowler (left) starts the auction after dinner Saturday, Oct. 26. Brian Sowers assists him. (Kelly Melies/Democrat-News)

After dinner, the auction got under way with Brenton Fowler as auctioneer and Sowers announcing the items. Thurman said the auction items were all donated by people who had made or bought them. The proceeds go towards the scholarship fund in honor of Houston Mull for FFA members.

"Looking at the kids over there, that's what it's all about," Sowers said. The students work hard at these events to ensure they have money for scholarships.

Contact Kelly Melies at kmelies@marshallnews.com