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The following seniors have been chosen by their peers for the 2019 East Jackson Comprehensive High School Homecoming Court. A queen will be crowned during half time of the football game on Friday, September 13. Shown are: (L-R) Allie Stamey, Ashlyn Trimble, Hannah Barnett, Avery McClure and Camille Duncan.

Jackson Trail FFA to host tree identification contest Sept. 28

The Jackson Trail Christian School FFA chapter will host a tree identification contest on Saturday, Sept. 28, beginning at 10 a.m. with a 1 p.m. late start option. The awards presentation will be at 2 p.m.

First prize is $25, second prize $20, third prize $15, fourth prize $10 and fifth prize will receive $5 and a banner or plaque.

There are five divisions: fifth grade and under, sixth - seventh grades, eighth - ninth grades, 10th - 12th grades and adult - teachers, parents, former tree ID participants.

A word bank form will be used in all divisions.

Participants are encouraged to sign up by Sept. 25.

For more information or to register call Jimmy Mock at 706-983-2490.

Mexican Independence Day celebration planned

A Mexican Independence Day celebration will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Jefferson Civic Center.

The free event is hosted by "Say Yes." There will be food, folklore, traditional dances, music, games and other activities. Those who attend are invited to "dress in your best Mexican attire or wear something green, white or red.

For more information, email angelicashalo@gmail.com.

Pooches in the Park set Sept. 28

It’s time to “call the dogs” again, not only in Athens, but in the Braselton Park as well. The fourth annual Pooches in the Park event is set for Saturday, Sept. 28.

DockDogs canine aquatics competitions will be an added feature. Attendees are invited to watch dogs of all kinds and skill levels compete in various water jumping competitions. “Waves” of competition will be held throughout the day.

If you have a budding DockDogs star, your canine companion will have the opportunity to explore his or her skills at dock diving, too, organizers state.

“We are so excited about bringing this awesome sport to Braselton,” said Lisa Williams, board member of Dixie DockDogs, the local affiliated Club.

Vets, groomers and boarders will be in attendance as well as specialty pet vendors. A pup strut costume contest and competition is set. A fast-paced lure course will benefit the Humane Society of Jackson County.

Attendees can bring cameras to capture creative photos of your dog throughout the day and food trucks will be on hand. As a bonus, rescue and adoption groups will have available pups or kittens awaiting a good home.

“Braselton Park is ideal for this type event,” says downtown director, Amy Pinnell, “It offers plenty of space to stage the competition and offers enticing shade. There will be nearby parking at downtown’s new parking deck located on the corner of Davis St. and Hwy. 53.”

Pooches in the Park is a family event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and all dogs must be leashed and friendly.

For more information, visit www.downtownbraselton.com.