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FFA students auction their labor a good cause

Moffat County FFA member Katie Foulk's ability to rub her belly and pat her head at the same time netted $75 for the FFA program Thursday night.

Foulk was one of 46 teens and two program advisers who sold their labor at auction during the annual FFA chili supper and service sale.

Their donated labor, a total of 488 hours, will be spent cleaning houses, babysitting, farming or toiling in construction.

"It went very well," adviser Rick Murr said. "It was better than average."

The $3,645 raised will help the teens travel to state and national competitions, where they test their skills in judging animals, evaluating meat, public speaking and a variety of other events.

The team travels to nationals every two years, whether any members have qualified, so that students have the opportunity to take advantage of leadership training and workshops.

"We have different activities and different competitions as well as an end-of-the year banquet in April," Murr said.

Murr was included in the labor auction and figures he'll have to buck bales for his "buyers."

This is the 10th year the FFA members have raised money by selling their services.

With fewer than 50 bidders, competition wasn't fierce for the students, but the action was helped by the students' self-descriptions about their interests and abilities.

Foulk wrote that she "isn't sure" about her height and that the scale broke when she weighed in. She stressed her talents of disposing of chocolate chip cookies and brownies.

Shawn Brookshire, FFA treasurer, weighed in at "buff" and said he "can do hard work such as lifting doughnuts and viewing movies. Can also do light work such as bucking bales, cleaning barns and lifting tractors."

His presence on the auction block brought $85 for the program.

Brookshire also stood with the five other officers, offering eight hours of labor as a group, a deal for Chapman's Automotive at $325.

Junior Colton Murray, who can do any type of labor that doesn't require much thought, sold for $110.

The original bid for senior Chris Thompson, who stands at "studly guy height" and tips the scales at a "stud muffin weight, was "five studly dollars."

That opening bid was overshadowed by a $70 final bid by Murr.

Thompson will spend his eight hours castrating pigs and doing general maintenance and construction projects, Murr said.

Competition was hot for sophomore Libby Stetson, a self-described "shorter-than-the-average bear" girl who "can handle anything and do it better than any boy."

The National FFA Organization was organized as the Future Farmers of America in 1928. In 1988, the official organization name was changed to The National FFA Organization to reflect the broadening field of agriculture, which today encompasses more than 300 careers in everything from agriscience to biotechnology to turf-grass management.

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