Bluegrass, Bikers, Barbecue and Bull event this weekend

Published 8:38 pm Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Just imagine the excitement that surrounds the awarding of $2,500 in prize money. Add to that, the anticipation of waiting for a chosen bull to land a chip in a lucky square.

Those who can imagine that can envision just half of the fun of the Bluegrass, Bikers, Barbecue and Bull event set for Saturday, March 28, at the Pike County Cattleman’s arena.

The event is a 2009 Relay for Life fundraiser for SARHA and Melissa Bradford, team member, said a day of fun is planned for all ages.

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“We’ll get started early with the Bike Dice Run,” Bradford said. “Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the last bike out at 10 a.m.”

The bikers will make a loop that will bring them back to Cattleman Park around noon and the Dice Run awards will be presented around 1:30 p.m.

The other festivities of the day will kick off at 11 a.m. with entertainment by Johnny Barron, the WPA Scratch Band and the Lighthouse String Ensemble. The award-winning SheBANG! Cloggers will also take center stage.

“We have activities planned that will be fun for everyone,” Bradford said. “For the kids, we’ll have rodeo games that include stick pony, barrel, sack and truck races, face painting and all types of carnival games. For everyone we’ll have a pie eating contest and a dunking booth and several doctors will be on the dunking seat.”

Schedule to sit on the “hot seat” are Doctors Smith, Runyon and Bish. In addition to dunkin’ the docs, those with strong and accurate throwing arms may also put Pike County Commissioner Jimmy Barron and Banks School Principal Mark Head in the drink.

Others will be in the dunking booth but only Saturday will tell who they are.

Of course, the third “B” is barbecue and there will be plenty of barbecue, chips and soft drinks to go around.

At 3 p.m. the bull will be turned loose and left to find the square where he wants to make a deposit of $2,500 for some lucky someone.

A grid will be laid out in the arena and each square will be numbered. The “real estate” will be sold for $10 a square and the rest will be up to the bull.

“The ‘owner’ of the lucky square will receive $2,500 and the owner of the square that is the greatest distance from where the bull lays his chip will receive $250.

The names of all who purchase a square will be entered in drawings for two-night accommodations at Perdido Beach Resort and a flat-screen television.

Squares may be purchased at the SARHA administrative building or by calling 670-6726. Squares may also be purchased at the BBB&B site until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Admission to Bluegrass, Bikers, Barbecue and Bull is free and everyone is invited to enjoy the fun and excitement of this event held in support of the 2009 Pike County Relay for Life campaign.

The Pike County Cattleman’s Arena is covered so the event will be held rain or shine. The BBB&B fundraiser will be the best possible way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon.