Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Organizers of the 2019 Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show are seeking individuals and business professionals to invest in the future by partnering with local programs that benefit the youth of Cherokee County.

“By becoming a partner, you will be helping the two largest student organizations in the United States: The FFA is dedicated to training our youth in 'Personal Growth, Premier Leadership and Career Success,' while the 4-H organization teaches youth values and 'To Make the Best Better,'” according to a release from the group.

Cherokee County has seven FFA Chapters and six 4-H clubs which participate in the annual county show, this year slated March 27-30 at the Cherokee County Stock Show & Exposition Center, 611 SE Loop 456 in Jacksonville.

“This show allows youths the opportunity to showcase their hard work and dedication over the past year. In recent years, we have had more than 400 students come together to exhibit more than 600 projects, and we anticipate these numbers to be even higher this year.

To reward and guarantee the highest-placing projects a fair selling price, organizers are asking for donations of $1,000 or more, with funds used to purchase the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion projects, without bias toward organizations or towns these exhibitors are from, the release states.

“By participating in the Cherokee County Champions Buyers Group, you will be helping to provide a good sale price for the highest-placing livestock projects and alleviating some of the financial burden on our local and area buyers groups. As a member of the Champions Buyers Group, you will receive: Recognition in local newspapers, a banner at the show and your name called out as part of the Cherokee County Champions Group during the sale.

“These young people will soon be the future leaders of our towns, county, state and country. It is harder than ever for students to attend post-secondary schools or to enter the business world. With your help, however, we will be able to help the premier youth of our county succeed in their future endeavors as they become involved in our communities.”

While donations will be accepted through the day of the March 30 sale, organizers said meeting a March 28 deadline to return sponsorship forms ensures sponsors' names will be placed on signage at the sale.

Checks may be made out to Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show or CCJLS and send to PO Drawer B, Rusk, TX 75785.

For more information, or to arrange for pick up of donations, contact Preston Lindsey, 903-216-0372; Aaron Low, 903-683-5416; Brad Thomas, 817-838-8889; or Steven Dyess, 936-564-8271.