CCJLS reward ceremony set

by Cristin Parker

By Cristin Parker

This year’s Junior Livestock Show and Sale was canceled, but that isn’t keeping the event’s organizers from giving credit where it’s due.

Cherokee County Stock Show & Exposition (CCSSE) Inc. and its partners will hold the 2020 awards ceremony, 7-8 p.m., Monday, June 8, at the Expo Center, 611 SE Loop 456, Jacksonville.

“We will be awarding more than $40,000 in scholarships along with announcing our 2020-21 Queen and her Court,” CCSSE Board President Bart Bauer said. “This voluntary ceremony will be outside in front of the show barn – bring a lawn chair and pass the word.”

Organization officials will be handing out the Nicky Wheeler scholarships; hay show scholarships; Cherokee County Soil & Water Conservation’s Outstanding 4H and FFA Students awards; Branded By Christ Cowboy Church’s Coverall Classic scholarships; and CCJLS scholarships.

This year at least two $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded,” Bauer said.

The annual Queen’s raffle will be held, as well.

Queen nominees are Kylee Powers from Alto FFA; Colleen Dover from Bluebonnet 4H; Blair Low from Cloverleaf 4H; Cadence Ellis from County Line 4H; Caylee Sanford from Jacksonville FFA; Piper Jones from Lookout 4H; Michelle Suarez from New Summerfield FFA; Baileigh Jones from Rusk FFA; Lily Beason from Troup FFA; Tessa Benton from Wells 4H; and Emily Monday from Wells FFA.

Local attorney Nick Peacock will present the Club of the Year award.

The 2020 Cherokee County Junior Livestock Show was canceled on March 18 amid Coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. The show would have kicked off on Wednesday, March 25.

“This was a difficult, but wise decision,” Bauer stated on the organization’s Facebook page in March. “Our main priority is keeping our kids safe and healthy.”