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By Kristen Tribe | Published Saturday, December 8, 2018
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Celebrating Youth in Agriculture

CELEBRATING YOUTH IN AGRICULTURE – A large crowd attended the Wise Youth Ag Syndicate’s fourth annual Blue Ribbon Bash last week. The group raised about $96,000 that will be used toward the purchase of projects at the Youth Fair auction. Messenger photo by Kristen Tribe

The Wise Youth Ag Syndicate raised approximately $96,000 at its fourth annual Blue Ribbon Bash last week.

Almost 400 people attended the Nov. 30 dinner at the Decatur Conference Center, and they had the opportunity to make donations through the live auction, silent auction, raffles and contribution cards.

“Honestly, I’m just blown away that in our fourth year we’re continuing to gain support,” said event chair Melanie Tittor. “We’re gaining new guests, and ‘the ask’ is a perfect example of no matter what we put before this group, they rise to the challenge of going above and beyond to meet the need.

“We work to bring in live buyers, increase premiums and work with the county to make improvements to the fairgrounds,” she said. “And all this is based on the generous support of the people in Wise County.”

This year’s special project for the Wise County Fairgrounds is the purchase of holding pens to replace a set that was stolen and a storage container in which to secure them. In just a matter of minutes, $9,500 was raised to meet their request.

Tittor said the live auction total was down from last year, but the tallies for the silent auction and raffles were up, balancing most of the difference.

The hot ticket item in the live auction was a Kimber pistol with custom engraving by Michael Tittor. It sold for $10,500. A close second was a George Strait concert package for his Las Vegas show, which sold for $7,000. A few other items sold in the live auction were a Wise County 4-H Dessert of the Month, a Ladies Night at Swift and Co. in Decatur and various projects built by local FFA chapters.

“The FFA groups just keep upping their game, as far as what they bring us,” Tittor said. “We spread all their stuff out between the raffle, live and silent auctions. It just keeps getting bigger and better.”

The Ag Syndicate was created in 2015 to breathe life into the Youth Fair auction by securing live buyers and operating as its own buying group, purchasing reserve champion lots, as well as breed and division champs. The group has also been able to add money to other lots that go through the sale, in addition to the projects they purchase outright.

Tittor noted in addition to raising money, several new buyers were secured at the Blue Ribbon Bash for this year’s Youth Fair auction.

“It’s not always about a monetary donation,” she said. “It’s also seeking a continued commitment to be involved with the Youth Fair.”

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