FFA Chapter Hosts Ride Out Against Cancer in County

The Houston FFA chapter Saturday hosted the Annual Ride Out Against Cancer, raising almost $800 for the American Cancer Society.

Riders followed the Prescott and Strawberry Hollow route from Licking to Houston, stopping halfway at the Prescott Cemetery for a break.

Among the presentations at the end of the ride at the Houston Area Chamber of Commerce Fairgrounds was a plaque to June Dawson, in memory of her husband, Verl Dawson, and his dedicated service in past years to the Ride Out Against Cancer and the Twin River Trail Riders.

Fifth-two riders and four wagons participated in the ride.

Awards went to: Jordin Sullins, youngest rider; Doyle Merckling, oldest rider; Brian Odle, oldest wagon driver; Rae Ann Kirkwood, youngest wagon driver; Bianca Stevens, farthest distance traveled; J.W. Scheets, highest fund-raiser.

Hot dogs and hamburgers were served to those participating in the event. Assisting with the meal and awards were: Moose Coffee and Gifts, C-K Premium Meat, the Houston Schools, Wal-Mart, Big Country 99, Jerry Wooten, The Bank of Houston, Agri-Enterprises, D and L Florist, Delma’s Hair Design, Houston Florist and Gifts, Licking MFA Exchange, C n K Tractors, PJ’s CafĂ©, Sterling and Millideen Huff, Farm Bureau Insurance, Circle M Western Store, Jaz Trophy and Gifts and Coca Cola Bottling Co. of Pomona.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol directed traffic at U.S. 63 and Highway E and the City of Houston provided transportation with the city bus back to Licking for individuals to return to their trucks and trailers.

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