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Cattleman's fundraiser
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Members of the Piedmont Chapter of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association will host their 13th annual fundraiser at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria of the State FFA Camp on Ga. Highway 36.       

            Tickets to the fundraiser cost $8.

            Piedmont Chapter President Glenn Hayes said the event will feature a sit-down dinner served promptly at 7 p.m., as well as silent and live auctions.

"We've got a rib-eye steak dinner with all the trimmings," Hayes said.

Sears donated a freezer for the fundraiser, which Piedmont Chapter members then packed with various cuts of beef. Raffle tickets for the freezer can be purchased for $20 a ticket.

Other big ticket items in the live auction include a 5x8-foot lawn trailer, a 100-pound barbecued pig and Low Country Boil for 12 to 15 people. The chef will come to the winner's home or business and cook shrimp, red potatoes, sausage and other Cajun cuisine items.

Another popular auction sees old fashioned cakes awarded to the highest bidder. Hayes said in the past cakes have gone for as high as $200.

"We've got several good bakers in our membership, so we're hoping they'll sell real well," Hayes said.

Money raised at the event will go toward agricultural education sponsored by 4-H and FFA clubs of the schools in the Piedmont Chapter area, which consists of Newton, Rockdale, Jasper, Butts and Gwinnett counties.

"We support the kids with all they need whether it's purchasing tools or a way to get a student to a livestock show," Hayes said.

Some funds also will go toward the organization of livestock shows and the promotion of Beef Month in June.

Hayes requests anyone who wants to attend RSVP by 6 p.m. Tuesday by calling (770) 786-3737.

"It's good food, fun and fellowship - people come out to see folks they haven't seen in a while," Hayes said. "It's good, clean family fun."