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Ag Olympics Raises More Than $700 for Scholarships

April 29, 2008

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MACOMB, IL -- Think of just how good a $135 pie must taste.

That was the top dollar raised at the Western Illinois University agriculture department's annual Ag Olympics, held at the WIU Livestock Center April 16. Nine pies were auctioned off, ranging from $81 to the top dollar dessert at $135, raising more than $700 for prospective agriculture students who attend the department's annual open house event.

But the fun didn't end with the pie auction. Once a pie was purchased, the buyer selected an individual to eat the pie -- using no utensils … or hands. The $135 pie was purchased by the Collegiate FFA organization and devoured by Agriculture Associate Professor Andy Baker.

"It was a great event, and all for a worthy cause," said Baker. "We're thrilled that the nine delicious pies fetched over $700 for scholarships."

The agriculture department hosts an open house during the fall and spring semesters. Prospective students meet current students and faculty, tour WIU's agriculture facilities and learn more about the numerous opportunities offered through Western's agriculture department.

For more information on agriculture programs at Western, contact the agriculture department office at 309/298-1080 or visit

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