By ALLEN RAU
Cold and rainy weather was not enough to keep green thumb-owning folks from the Fifth Annual David Crockett Future Farmers of America plant auction on Saturday morning.
“I was expecting fewer people to come because of the weather,” Crockett FFA Chapter Treasurer Anna Young said, “But that just goes to show how big of an event this is and how much people love it.”
Held at the Jonesborough Visitor’s Center in a steady rain, lilac trees, chainsaws, pallets of mulch and much more was auctioned off to help pay for the expenses and travels of the Crockett Chapter FFA.
A table full of awards claimed by the club greeted everyone who walked in, displaying their successes in their travels. According to Josh Conger, a Crockett Agriculture teacher with the FFA, around $9,000 was raised at the event, which will help pay for future trips to competitions.
The 2017 Chapter was successful at the state level and advanced to the national competition.
“We were the runner up. It was in the nursery and landscaping (category) and they were second place. Just getting to go to a national competition in itself was a treat for us,” Young said.
She added that the Crockett FFA would soon begin the state event, and that the auction money would help them at any competition they advance to.
One hundred percent of the auctioned items were donated and Conger estimated that one quarter of the plants were grown in the Crockett greenhouses.
The event has proven popular in the past and remained so this year even in the constant rain.
“I think it went really well this year. This is definitely one of the best years that I’ve seen and this is my third year doing it,” Young said.
According to Young, some of the popular items were the hanging baskets and the mixed planters, while the landscaping equipment also went quickly. She said the club was beginning to branch out this year and added weedeaters, chainsaws and more to the auctioned items. Also available were season tickets to Wetlands Waterpark.
After the event, Conger said that there were still two greenhouses full of items available for purchase by the public. The available hours are the first two Saturdays in May from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and on regular school days during school hours.