The Warrick County 4-H is hosting its annual pork chop sale and basket auction, a fundraiser the club has been involved with for more than 20 years.

The fundraiser went to an online format this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In years past, the event was held as a dinner with the pork chop sale and basket auction being on the same night. The event was canceled in 2020.

“We hope to return to normal with the fundraiser and auction next year,” said Candice Carroll, president of the 4-H Council and organizer of the basket auction. “We had to cancel the event last year. Hopefully we will return to normalcy next year.”

Individuals interested in purchasing a ¾ inch seasoned and grilled pork chop for $4 hav until March 1. People who purchase pork chops will be able to pick those up on March 13 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is the only available day for pick-up.

Treasurer of the 4-H Council Cindy Lewis said the 4-H typically sells 800 dinners every year. This year’s fundraiser will be pick-up only in a drive-thru style.

Lewis said COVID-19 has restricted the fundraiser in other ways than just going online. She said purchasing tickets and getting the word out about the event has been challenging.

She said the fundraiser is the main way 4-H programming operates.

Any business or individual wanting to donate baskets or gift certificates have until Feb. 25 to drop them off at the 4-H Center.

Bidding takes place March 7 at 6 p.m. to March 11 at 6 p.m. Basket pick-up will be at the 4-H Center on March 13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

To register for the bidding, visit dasonlineauctions.hibid.com.

Both portions of the fundraiser accept cash or check only.

Funds from the event go back to the 4-H Council, which is in charge of youth programming. The council puts the money towards events, camps and scholarships for students.

Students in 4-H in the past have gone to Purdue for different workshops and learning experiences, but according to Carroll, this year’s event has been undecided upon. If the event is canceled, the ezra money will go towards scholarships.

The council budgets $11,000 for trips every year and gives out two $500 scholarships.

“We hope the outcome is still the same in having good profits,” Carroll said.

For more information about the pork chop sale, contact Lewis at 812-454-7055. For more information about the basket auction, contact Carroll at 814-455-2100.

The 4-H Center is located off Highway 62 in Boonville.

Karah Wilson, kwilson@messenger-inquirer.com

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