- FFA auction set Saturday

Seymour's Lane Cook was nearly 2 years old when this photograph was taken at the 2019 Seymour FFA alumni auction.

The 46th annual consignment auction of the Seymour FFA Alumni Association this Saturday promises to be one of the best.

Not only are sunny skies and 70-degree weather in the forecast, this year’s array of sale items is diverse, large and of high quality.

“It’s the best sale we’ve had in a long, long time,” noted Paul Ipock, who helped organize the first sale nearly half a century ago. “Not only are there a lot of items, there are a lot of good items.”

Set to start at 10 a.m. Saturday morning in the parking lot of Seymour High School, this year’s farm machinery and farm-related sale offers several trucks, tractors, trailers, a few automobiles, plows, horse-drawn equipment, as well as new and used building supplies.

“It’s an impressive sale bill,” Ipock said.

“The building supplies are something that really should be popular now with the cost of those items having gone up so much the past year or two. There are new and used supplies, all of them high quality.”

A large advertisement for the sale appears elsewhere in this week’s newspaper on Page 5 and on our website on the Home Page under "Display Ad."

Auction services for the sale are being donated by local auctioneers Kevin Barlow, Dusty Capon, David Coutchie, Bob Crump and Ricky Swearengin.

All sale proceeds will benefit the Seymour High School and Seymour Middle School FFA chapter, which is led this year by new advisor Nick Guthery.

Last year’s auction was canceled because of the national COVID-19 pandemic.

Ipock said this year’s event should make up for the lost auction.

“It’s really a high-quality sale, one I’m sure proud of,” he said. “I’ve been a part of this auction since it started. This year’s sale, across the board, has got as many good items as about any sale I can remember. It doesn’t have a lot of big items like newer tractors, but it’s really got a lot of good things. I guess you could say something for everyone.”

Lunch will be served by the Seymour FFA in the adjacent baseball field’s concession stand.

Food items will be available throughout the sale.

Although the sale bills have been printed, consignments still are being accepted this week. Items to be sold should be delivered to the high-school parking lot on Friday.

Anyone with late consignments can call Crump at 417-935-4039, Guthery at 417-838-9325, Ipock at 417-241-0299 or Denzil Young at 417-343-9934.

Annually, the local FFA auction typically has anywhere from 300 to 500 registered buyers, with crowds sometimes reaching nearly twice that number.

Once the sale gets under way, two or three rings will be established for buyers.

“This is one of my favorite things of every year,” Ipock concluded.

“Best of all, it couldn’t be for a better cause ... our kids.”

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