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Saturday’s the big day for Vale FFA benefit auction

VALE – With autumn’s arrival to Vale comes the local FFA Scholarship Foundation’s annual auction, to be held Saturday, Oct. 16, beginning at 10 a.m.

The event will be at its traditional location, the Vale bus shed off South Cottage Street behind the elementary school.

Bob Hyde, FFA Scholarship Foundation board member, said that the event is important “because it provides scholarships for graduating students that participate in the FFA program.”

FFA fosters “premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education,” according to the organization’s website.

Students “learn people skills, they learn job interview skills, they learn animal/mechanic/horticulture type stuff,” said Hyde.

The auction will feature items donated from almost 100 local businesses and individuals. There are art objects, practical tools, gift cards for everything from meals to plants, and a 30-minute massage.

Darin and Cathy Hill, for instance, donated 50 pounds . . .