By JOYANNA LOVE / Editor-in-chief
The Fishing Festival Peach Auction was a successful fundraising day for the Clanton Lions Club.
The event was particularly important for M&M Farms as it again won first place in the annual fisheries ranking.
âIt means a lot. I know dad (Mark Knight) would be proud, and that’s what matters most,â said Andrea Williams of M&M Farms.
Mark Knight, half of the namesake for M&M Farms, died on June 6.
His wife Melissa Knight, also half of the namesake of M&M Farms, attended the peach auction and accepted a plaque of appreciation from the Clanton Lions Club in memory of Mark Knight.
The winning basket was a Paul Friday 24007, and it was auctioned for $ 4,000 to benefit the Lions Club.
âThis is a peach that we are still monitoring (for use in) the peach auction,â Williams said. âWe have already won with it. “
As the first place winner, M&M Farms received $ 2,500. The second, third, fourth and fifth places also received a cash prize.
This season has been good for the peaches.
âOverall we had a pretty good harvest,â said Williams. “We had some damage and then the race the last few weeks was not helpful in some ways, but helpful in others.”
She said the ranch can cause disease in fruit, but it can also help peaches grow.
During the auction, auction co-chair Glenn McGriff thanked those who bid on the peaches.
Each producer receives $ 50 per basket for their participation.
The funds raised are intended for scholarships, donations to local associations and donations to Alabama Sight made by the Lions Club.
âWe are a non-profit organization,â said McGriff. âWe are giving all our money back to the community, so all the money we raise here today is helping Chilton County. I always say I love Chilton County because each county has to have an identity. We have an identityâ¦ these beautiful peaches.