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Covid 19 Press Release - March 17, 2020
ATTENTION:
2020 HCLS has been cancelled due to the safety of our exhibitors and their families. 
Information for the exhibitors will be released through your FFA advisers and 4-H leaders within the next few days.

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ATHENS—Henderson County Livestock Show (HCLS) officials recently met and the decision to cancel this year’s livestock show was made. The 60th Anniversary of the Henderson County Livestock Show was set to begin next Monday, March 23rd and culminate on Saturday, March 28, 2020 with the largest draw of the week, the auction.

“Unfortunately, the HCLS board had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s livestock show. We would like everyone to know that this was not a decision anyone wanted to make first of all. Each one of us has been involved with the Henderson County Livestock Show for countless years. Our absolute priority is, and always will be the youth of Henderson County, stated HCLS President Chuck McHam.

 
 


“However, we could not ignore what public health officials and our elected officials are saying. We hope that we can look back in a few weeks or months and regret this decision, but we did not want to look back in that same time frame and wish we would have made this difficult decision because a member of our community lost their life. We do hope that the community will continue to heed public health recommendations. This is the time to consider our neighbors and our sacred, vulnerable members of our communities. It starts with making difficult decisions, and I hope that everyone will continue to make those decisions to protect themselves and loved ones,” added McHam.  

“We have plans in place to take care of our kids, but we do need the help of the community. Ordinarily, we hold the auction on Saturday for those projects who place and make the sale. This auction raises approximately $ 500,000 each year. This will not be the case this year without an auction. As a board, we decided we must do all that we could to help exhibitors who no longer have that opportunity at the auction. We plan to give every market animal exhibitor a premium, but we need the community’s help in raising money. We have begun reaching out to buyers who ordinarily attend the auction and support the youth of Henderson County, but we will need more help financially this year since there will be more kids affected,” said McHam.  

HCLS will graciously accept any donations. Checks can be made out to and mailed to: HCLS, P.O. Box 1372, Athens, Texas 75751. These donations are considered charitable and can be written-off on your income taxes. We will also have an online portal established that family, friends and neighbors can contribute. It can be found on our website at www.hclsathens.com

HCLS will continue to fund our youth this year through our scholarship program. This year, HCLS will give out approximately 23 scholarships to the youth of Henderson County. More information for applicants will be available in the coming days. 

If you have any questions, please email hclsathens@gmail.com.

 
 
  Officers and Directors  
 
 
President Chuck McHam Email
Vice President / Arena Events Spencer Perkins Email
Vice President / Grounds Keeping John Weaver Email
Vice President / Judged Events Ken McGee Email
Vice President / Public Relations Terry Douglas Email
Secretary Tobie Herrington Email
Assistant Secretary Alicea Elliott Email
Treasurer Alisha Mikkelesen Email
Parlamentarian Derek Sims Email
Past President Adam Davis Email
2018 - 2019 Directors Thomas Faulk Email
Josh Fulgham Email
Gary Fulton Email
2019 - 2020 Directors Phillip Smith Email
Brad Rogers Email
Theresa Tindel Email
 
 
  Mission statement  
 
  The purpose of this Association shall be to educate the residents, particularly the young people of Henderson County, Texas, and surrounding communities on the agricultural industry by conducting public fairs and exhibitions. The purpose shall be realized by working with County Agents, Family Consumer Sciences Agents, Ag Science teachers, 4-H leaders and 4-H, FFA, and FCCLA youth; and by conducting demonstrations on farm life, including agricultural techniques, farm equipment, livestock exhibits and other projects, with explanations of such exhibits provided by trained persons. Contests shall be held and prizes awarded to exhibitors showing the best projects in categories aimed at obtaining the interest of young people in agriculture and educating them in the newest and best techniques of farming, livestock raising and homemaking.  
 
  Need more information? Please contact us at 903-681-3162 and we will be glad to help you in any way that we can. Thank you for your interest in the Henderson County Livestock Show.  
 
Henderson County Livestock Show
PO Box 1372 :: Athens, TX 75751
Phone: 903-681-3162 :: Email: hclsathens@gmail.com

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