Monday, September 18, 2023

McGennis Youth Center Barbecue and Auction Set for Sunday, October 1


This year’s annual McGennis Youth Center Barbecue and Auction are set for Sunday, October 1.

The McGennis barbecue is a tradition that spans 54 years. The first barbecue was held in 1969.

In conjunction with the barbecue this year will be the Seventh Annual Car and Truck Show. Car show registration is from 12 to 1 p.m. For more information on the car show contact Jared Rankin at 417-448-4903 or [email protected].

Children’s games will start at 12:30 p.m. Horse and wagon rides will also start at 12:30 with Harry Byram on hand with his team and wagon

Serving for the barbecue is at 1 p.m., with barbecued beef, pork and chicken, along with beans, cheesy potatoes, coleslaw and bread. A wide variety of cakes will be available for dessert. The meal is catered by Food Fair of Rich Hill.

The auction will start about 1:45. Larry Hacker will be our auctioneer this year.

A popular part of the auction will again be featured this year. The Mad Hatter features ten McGennis Youth Center caps donated by Roof Power Solar. These caps, each numbered, will be auctioned off. At the end of the auction one of these numbers will be drawn. That winning number will win this year’s gun, a Puma 12-gauge, pump shotgun donated by Bell Farms,.

In the same vein, Bob Schlyer has donated not one but two beautiful jewelry items. One is a white gold, half karat diamond cross necklace with an 18” chain. The other is a set of 14 karat, yellow gold, emerald earrings. Numbered envelopes will be auctioned off. Two winners will be drawn from the ten high bidders. The first winner will have their choice of the two items.

A special item for the auction is a beautiful framed painting by Tom Altenburg of elk crossing Aspen Creek in Colorado.

For more information about the auction or to donate an item call Marc or Alison Bell at 660-832-4196. The generosity of those who donate and those who bid has made the auction a major revenue source for the Youth Center.

Admission to the barbecue is $12.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (ages 6-12). Tickets are for the meal and are not required for the auction.

From Rich Hill, the McGennis Youth Center is located five miles west on A Highway and four miles south on WW Highway.


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