MARLOW — Get your list of household chores and backyard projects together — the Central High FFA students are ready to go to work.
The group will host its annual Central High FFA Labor Auction Tuesday night in the Central High Agriculture Building.
Forty-nine FFA members and officers will each give eight hours of their time, to be auctioned off to the highest bidders.
The labor auction has been a tradition at Central High for more than four decades, according to FFA adviser RJ Curry. He added that students spend their auctioned time doing everything from building fences to painting barns, hauling hay and mowing lawns.
Some bidders don’t insist their students follow through on the work, but Curry said he encourages the students to take advantage of the situation and turn it into a job-shadowing experience.
“I tell the young people, ‘See if you can learn about what (your buyers) do and gain something from doing work you haven’t done before,” he said.
Curry, who has served as FFA adviser for 40 years, also goes on the auction block each year. Over the years, he’s done various odd jobs for buyers, though some years students have pooled their cash to try and snag him at the highest bid.
“Some parent organizations have managed to buy me and save me from that devious situation,” Curry said with a laugh.
Buyers will each receive a Central High FFA cap, and the buyers of the two highest-selling students will receive the right to put a whipped cream pie in the face of their student purchase at the conclusion of the auction.
Those who show up early can enjoy a free meal, provided by parents of the chapter members, including sliced beef, pulled pork, Polish sausage, potato salad, barbecued beans, cole slaw and many desserts.
In addition to labor, the chapter will sell homemade cakes and pies, meats, and various items.
“We try to include items of all prices,” Curry said, “so everybody can participate.”
Auction proceeds support the chapter’s expenses, from livestock show supplies to leadership conference registrations.
This week, the students are in Indianapolis for the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo. In addition to attending the FFA Career Show and various seminars at the conference, the FFA students toured a Bayer chemical plant, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NCAA Hall of Champions and will stop by the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., on the drive home.
“We try to open up their eyes to many different things,” Curry said of the FFA students’ chances to travel to the convention. “It helps them expand their perspectives on the world.”