By MATT CRANE
The Starkville Academy Patrons Association is headed West for its second annual Rodeo Round-Up and Cow Patty Splat Saturday.
Scheduled from 4-8 p.m. at the Mississippi Horse Park, Facility Director Bricklee Miller said SAPA promises to bring even more excitement to the organizationâ€™s annual event.
â€śItâ€™s their back-to-school round-up, and it is definitely catered to the children,â€ť Miller said. â€śThere will be all kinds of fun things to do for parents and kids.â€ť
Open to the public, Miller said $10 wristbands will be sold for children wishing to participate in the variety of activities SAPA has planned.
â€śThe money will be going to SAPA to fund certain projects at Starkville Academy,â€ť she said. â€śTheyâ€™ll have something for everyone, and things will be catered to each age division.
Beginning with the Country Smile Photo Booth, the Rodeo Round-Up will feature: Western Quest scavenger hunt, Wild West Hole in One, Kowboy Karaoke, Saturday Night Bath dunking booth, Rootinâ€™-Tootinâ€™ Spin and Win and Wild West Bingo.
In a statement released by SAPA, Rodeo chair Robin Holliday said last yearâ€™s event was a huge success and the organization is enthusiastic about events added to this yearâ€™s line up.
â€śNew items this year include the Poor House Jail and the Rolling Video Game Truck,â€ť Holliday said. â€śSixteen children can enter and play on the four large screen TVs and compete for the ultimate gaming experience.â€ť
Miller said older students and parents will also have activities and prizes catered for their respective age groups.
â€śThereâ€™s going to be a disco dancing room upstairs for the older students. which is a lot of fun for them,â€ť she said. â€śFor the parents, weâ€™ll crown the Carpool King and Queen, and whoever wins gets to drive to the front of the line at the school for pick up.â€ť
Food and concessions will be provided by Bulldog Deli (The Hatfields), and McAlisterâ€™s (The McCoys) will supply sweet tea for the event.
A silent auction will be held including items such as personalized pottery by grade school children sponsored by Jilly Beanâ€™s Pail of Paint, a football helmet autographed by Dan Mullen, cowbells signed by the MSU coaches and other signed memorabilia.
Miller said she was very satisfied with the turnout last year, and has enjoyed working with SAPA.
â€śI personally think that SAPA has done an awesome job of planning such an event to include the entire family,â€ť she said. â€śIt will be a jammed pack four hours of fun that I personally have been looking forward to since last yearâ€™s event.â€ť
The second annual SAPA Rodeo Round-Up and Cow Patty Splat will be held 4-8 p.m. Saturday at the Mississippi Horse Park. Wristbands may be purchased for $10 and the event is open to the public.