LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Central students in Future Farmers of America were out at Whataburger in Lufkin Thursday night, raising money for those competing in the Angelina County Youth Fair.
A portion of the proceeds sold went to benefit the competitors, but they had the help of an NFL player along the way.
Minnesota Viking and East Texas native Chase Ford was in town to sign autographs, and meet community members all while helping the FFA students raise money.
Ford coming to help was a complete surprise to the kids.
"It boosts the entire moral knowing it's not just friends going to be out here supporting us," said Ty Southern, President of Central FFA. "We got somebody that's known all across the nation here."
"I love to give back to the community. Central ISD is where I went to school when I was younger. My family teaches there, and my little cousins go to school there," said Ford. "It's just a great opportunity to be able to come back and give to the community."
The Angelina County Youth Fair Will be starting next Tuesday at 9 a.m.