The West is Best Barbecue and Auction will take place on Thursday, September 20 at the Julian Carroll Convention Center. The long-running annual fundraiser is hosted by Paducah Junior College (PJC), the charitable foundation for West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC).


The event raises much needed money for the college's scholarship fund. Your support means more a lot to local students. For the second consecutive year, the evening will feature WKCTC's more casual, western theme West is Best, which highlights the college's focus on regionalism and our local favorites, including barbecue.

Each of the counties in WKCTC's 10-county service region in Kentucky, together with its five county partners in southern Illinois, will be highlighted at the event.


"The West is Best Barbecue and Auction is a perfect time to showcase our region and all that makes it the wonderful place it is,” said said Lee Emmons, WKCTC vice president of institutional advancement and PJC executive director. “It does this while also raising funds to help our students achieve their educational goals. We have wonderful sponsors who support education through this really fun event, and we encourage anyone who likes to have fun for a good cause to participate!"

Guests may purchase event tickets by calling 270.534.3094 or online. Individual tickets are $50* and tables of eight are available for $400* (*Note: Required 6% Kentucky sales tax is included in each ticket price). Supporting Sponsorships are still available for $750.

iSupport"We have some unique auction items," said Becky Haus, WKCTC advancement manager and auction chair. “ The auction offers some items and experiences that aren't available elsewhere with a few surprises in store that you don't want to miss."

The dinner and silent auction begin at 6 pm followed by the live auction at 7 pm.


West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has been recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 10 Community College each of the four times the Prize has been awarded by the Aspen Institute and has twice been named a Finalist with Distinction for providing students with strong job training and continuing higher education opportunity, for achieving high completion and transfer rates, and for providing strong employment results for its graduates.