In conjunction with the annual Macon County Fair, the Macon County Rural Development Panel (RDP) is once again raffling off a cord of firewood. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Agricultural Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Fund awards scholarships of $500 to Macon County first-year college students enrolled in agriculture and natural resource-related studies.
Friends of Sam W. Mendenhall, Macon County Agent with the NC Agricultural Extension Service from the 1930s until his death in 1954, established the Scholarship Fund, which is administered by the Macon RDP. The RDP is an organization of representatives from each of the federal, state, and county agricultural, rural development, forestry, and wildlife agencies in Macon County. The principal source of donations to the Scholarship Fund are receipts from the RDP firewood raffle at the Macon County Fair.