HARLINGEN — The Harlingen Chamber of Commerce Cotton Committee will auction the nation’s first official bale of cotton Thursday at the 60th First Bale Auction and Scholarship Fundraiser.
The Rodriguez Brothers’ Farm delivered the nation’s first bale of cotton to the La Feria Co-Op gin about 2 p.m. July 21. It was the third consecutive year that the Santa Rosa family has delivered the first bale and the sixth time total, officials said.
Former Cotton Committee Chairman Steve Krenek will auction the bale to registered participants with the first $3,000 in proceeds going to the Rodriguez family and the remainder to the Billy Joe Simpson Cotton Committee Scholarships.
The public will be able to bid on 15 other live auction items and numerous silent auction items during the event, with the proceeds going for scholarships from the Algodon Club.
This year, the Cotton Committee will be awarding two $1,000 scholarships and six $500 scholarships to Texas State Technical College Agriculture and Technology students.
TSTC will match the scholarship funds raised by the committee.
The event will be held at the Harlingen Community Center, 201 E Madison Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program is set to begin at 6:45 p.m.