Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

March 25, 2013

Editorial: Community is what you make it

Amy Brocato Pearson
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — I've worked in Jacksonville for eight months now and I can't COUNT the number of times I've heard – or seen on social media – 'there's nothing to do...'

You've gotta be kidding me.

Take this weekend, for instance.

The 64th annual Junior Livestock Show and Sale is going on at the Expo Center on the Loop. Rumor has it (to be confirmed), the youth of Cherokee County have put forth a record number of  entries into this year's show. The show is free to attend and what's not to love about bunnies, chicks, pigs, cows, plants, goats and shop creations? And did someone say barbecue? A lunch, catered by iconic Sadler's, will be held before the livestock sale today, from noon to 3 p.m.

If you've tried to go out to eat or go shopping this week, you also know the 2013 High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals are in town, out at Mud Creek Off-Road Park. The e-vent, which has drawn criticism for being a little "dirty" – pun intended – provides an undeniable economic boon to the city, with sales tax receipts for past Marches bringing in approximately an additional $112,000 in revenue. So whether or not you participate in the five-day mud fest, let's welcome these visitors with some Texas-style hospitality.

Still looking for something to do? Farmer's Insurance agent Jorge Aragón has organized a community appreciation day at his office, 807 S. Jackson St., today. For free.

There’s Godspell at the Cherokee Civic Theater. There’s Band-arama in Nichols cafeteria. There’s Archery 101 at Mission Tejas State Park.

Coming April 6 is FitCOUNTY Cherokee Day in the Park, at the Jacksonville athletic complex. Another FREE e-vent, there will be fitness demonstrations, information about healthy life-styles, free life vests for the kiddos, the ETMC ambulance and much more.

When in doubt, check the Chamber website. Check the city website. Check our website.

My mom always used to say a community is what you make it.

So what do you want to make this community?