What’s Happening in Cherokee County

April 06, 2021

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Local author Deborah Burkett will discuss her latest work, “remembering Those Buried Beneath the Cedars,” 11:30 am. Thursday, April 8, at Rusk’s Singletary Memorial Library, 207 E. 6th St. The free event is part of the library’s observation of National Library Week.

Major Thaddeus Beall Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the First United Methodist Church, 1031 SE Loop 456 in Jacksonville. Past Chapter Regent Eunice Jackson of Jacksonville will discuss “Trees of the Bible.”


The Bullard Masonic Lodge will host its inaugural “Bags and Bones,” featuring 42 and cornhole tournaments, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 10. The free event is open to the public, and features prize drawings, silent auction, a 50/50 drawing, food and entertainment. The event will be held at the Sharon Shriners building, 10027 State Highway 31 East in Tyler.

The 17th Annual Gallatin Gopher Fest will be held April 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Gallatin Community Center. Activities include a talent contest, cake walks, drawings, silent auction and putt-putt golf. The Gallatin Volunteer Fire Department will be selling their famous barbecue and baked potatoes. Vendor booths are available for $35. Contact Mayor Kathy Dethlefs, 903-363-7965, to learn more, or email cityofgallatin@yahoo.com.

Jacksonville High School National Honor Society will host its 2021 Honors Review 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at the high school auditorium. Admission is $5 at the door; masks required to attend.

The City of Rusk will host a city-wide clean-up day on Saturday, April 10. Dumpsters will be set up at the city barn located at 511 S. Dickinson St. Additionally, volunteers are sought to pick up trash around the city, with bags of trash collected by city workers. A list of items that are accepted or not include will be issued as the day of the event nears.


The Cherokee County Genealogical Society will meet in person 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 12, in the Community Room at the Rusk Public Library, 207 E. 6th St., Rusk, TX 75785. No refreshments will be served.

APRIL 15-17

A three-day garage sale benefitting H.O.P.E. of Jacksonville will be held April 15-17 at the 597 S. Ragsdale St. facility, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Volunteers and donations are sought. To learn more, contact Marlene Jowell, 903-279-7815.


The 2021 Bullard Spring Fling and Family Fun Day will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 17, in downtown Bullard. The daylong event will feature a number of family-friendly events, with more information available at www.bullardchamber.com.

The Cherokee County Master Gardeners Association are happy to announce the return of its annual Spring Plant Sale, this year slated from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17. The event will be held at Jacksonville’s Ruth B. Nichols Arboretum, 1015 E. Loop 456.

The Angelina County Genealogical Society will host its inaugural conference Saturday, April 17, at the Keltys United Methodist Church, 1867 Old Mill Rd. in Lufkin. Several speakers are lined up to address a variety of topics during the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. event, with pizza and light refreshments provided. Cost is $12 per person, with an April 10 registration deadline. Contact Dickie Dixon, 936-671-1419 or dixonhershel51@gmail.com, or Betty Dufner at 936-635-3765 bdufner@consolidated.net.

APRIL 17-18

The City of Alto will host a city-wide clean-up the weekend of April 17-18. More details to come.


Guest speaker Stanley Fletcher will discuss “Vernon Parish Families” during a 4 p.m. Monday, April 19, gathering of the Angelina County Genealogical Society at the fellowship hall of Keltys United Methodist Church, 1867 Old Mill Rd. in Lufkin. To learn more, contact Rev. Cindy Doran, 936-852-4123 or keltysumc@hotmail.com, or Dickie Dixon, 936-671-1419 or email dixonhershel51@gmail.com.


The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce will host an April 30 golf tournament at Cherokee Ranch Golf Club, featuring a 4-man scramble. Cost is $400 per team, with sponsorships available through April 1.


The first annual taco cook-off sponsored by Commerce Street Drafthouse, will be held Saturday, May 1, at 401 E. Commerce St. in Jacksonville. Participants will compete in beef, chicken, ground beef and open classes, with prizes including first, second and People’s Choice in each category. To learn more, contact Robert, 903-721-8169, or BB at 903-352-4459.

MAY 7-9

The Cherokee Civic Theatre will present “Love, Sex & the IR$,” a tale about love, money and assumed identity, May 7-9. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee offered on Sunday.

MAY 13-15

The 59th annual Tops in Texas PRCA Rodeo will be held May 13-15 in Jacksonville, with a free family night planned Thursday, May 13. To learn more, visit www.TopsInTexasRodeo.com or visit the Facebook page, “TopsInTexasRodeo.

MAY 15

A Chapel Market Day is slated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at 3620 FM 1857 in Rusk, sponsored by Baughs’ Market and Specialty Foods. The free event features vendors, food and fun.

MAY 21-23

The 16th annual “Spring Thing” food and diaper rally, held at 22053 CR 2147 in Troup and hosted by 42 Taillights M/C, benefits Wonder Women Outreach ministry. The free event – which has primitive camping, running showers and bathrooms and a shaded play area for children – features horseshoes, bike games, live entertainment and Sunday church. A diaper raffle (cost is a package of diapers or $10 per ticket) also will be held. Cost is $25 per person for the whole weekend. $5 discount on entry fee with food donation.

MAY 27

Lake Striker Resort will host a Backyard Carnival as part of its March 27 Crappie Fish Tournament. The carnival benefits the various organizations that participate, with games priced a $1 or less. Resort officials will host a decorating contest, with prizes awarded to the best three decorated booths. Email lakestrikerresort@gmail.com to reserve a booth.

MAY 29

The 33rd annual Fair on the Square will be held Saturday, May 29, on the courthouse square in Rusk, with food, fun and entertainment on tap, including a car show, a cornhole tourney, vendors and more.

Lake Striker Resort will host a Memorial Day Celebration, beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 29, at the 18560 South CR 4256 resort in Reklaw. The evening includes fireworks and an outdoor concert featuring Casey Martin Band and special guest Committed Cowboy Band. Entry to the family event is $10 for ages 13 and older; no charge for those younger than 12, with tickets available at the gate or online at www.stubwire.com.


Jacksonville Education Foundation will host a fishing tournament 6 a.m. to noon, Saturday, June 5, on Lake Jacksonville; a $150 fee will be assessed per each 2-man team. Proceeds will fund scholarships and classroom grants. Interested sponsors may contact stephanie.mcneill@jisdfoundation.org.

JUNE 5-12

The city’s annual Tomato Fest – now in its 37th year – returns to Jacksonville, with a week packed full of activity from June 5-12. Events include a farmers’ market, tomato-eating contest, car show, farm to table, arts & crafts and more.