A steak dinner and an evening of dancing awaits supporters of Carter County Future Farmers of America and 4-H Saturday night. Dinner catered by Two Frogs Grill and live entertainment provided by the Arbuckle Express Band will kick off the event.
The second annual fundraiser is hosted by the Carter County Saddle and Sirloin Committee which formed in 2016 to meet a need for community involvement with youth agricultural programs. The committee works in cooperation with the county Junior Livestock Show as a booster club.
Morgan Chapman, a committee co-chair, said the event received a “tremendous amount of community support.” As a result, $30,000 was turned over to the board of the Junior Livestock Show in 2017. That funding is distributed among the top end of participants who make the premium sale. Participants often put the money toward the next year’s project, with some graduating seniors choosing to apply it toward their college education costs.
The event, which is almost entirely funded by sponsors, also features both silent and live auctions. Some of those items were also donated, but some were built by local FFA and 4-H chapters, committee co-chair Chloe Jones said.
“There is a beautiful farmhouse table, and some other things like a deer stand and fire pits,” Jones said.
Chapman said last year’s turn  out was about 98 percent of those who purchased tickets. This weekend’s event was moved to the Ardmore Convention Center to accommodate the increase in expected guests. Tickets are available at Cook Paint downtown, or online through the event’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/740570932802693/