Abi Parker prepares the cow for the Cow Chip Bingo Contest at last year's Sizzlin' Showdown. The Cow Chip Bingo Contest is the final event of the festivities. (Contributed photo)
Southern Nash High School will host its 5th Annual Southern Sizzlin' Showdown from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 8.
There are several activities planned for the day of adventure, including a yard sale, a market for local vendors, a 5K Color Run, a play area for children with inflatables and games, a Barbecue Cookoff, and a little game of Cow Chip Bingo.
"It is a very neat day for our entire school community," said Dr. Mark Cockrell. "This event brings our band, athletics, PTO, clubs, students, and community members together to be 'All In' and support Southern."
The yard sale will kick off bright and early Saturday morning at 6 a.m.; buyers may pay with cash or a debit/credit card. The Firebirds will be selling items that have been collected such as furniture, clothing, houseware items, toys, and much more. They will also be serving breakfast biscuits, doughnuts, and coffee on-site for the early birds.
In addition to the yard sale, at 9 a.m., SNHS will have several local vendors participating in the event. So far, the list includes: LuLaRoe, Scentsy, LimeLight, AdvoCare, It Works, Thrive, personalized gifts, jewelry, door hangers, beaded banners, paintings, bug repellant/soaps, Younique, pottery, and more.
At 10 a.m., the annual 5k Color Run will take place on the cross country trail where participants will be doused with colored powder throughout the run.
Participants will complete registration from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. with pre-run announcements at 9:45 a.m.
To pre-register, one may visit eventbrite.com. Registration for the event is $25 for adults and $20 for students. Athletic Boosters Secretary, Tracey Johnson, recommends that runners bring sunglasses, water, and a towel or blanket for their vehicles for their ride home.
While the Color Run is happening, families can also enjoy club-sponsored games such as inflatables, face painting, bean bag toss, and other carnival games beginning at 10 a.m.
At 11 a.m. the BBQ Cook-Off will begin with barbecue plates potatoes, coleslaw, and bread being sold for $8 and BBQ sandwiches for $5.
This year brings six cooking teams to the school. The teams are Kevin Watson and Luke Watson; Leslie Kennedy and Robbie Kennedy; Michael Tant; Charles Sherrod, Joe Johnson, and Joseph Johnson; Mallory Joyner; and Billy Narron. Without these people, the cook-off would not be possible. Judging the teams will be Bailey's Mayor Timothy Johnson, Spring Hope's Mayor Buddy Gwaltney, Middlesex Elementary Principal Sherri Wells, Bailey Elementary Principal Mary Jones, Southern Nash Middle Principal Carina Bryant, Spring Hope Elementary Principal Kelly Mudd, Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Chairperson Wendy Wilson and Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education Member Franklin Lamm.
The finale is set for 1 p.m. with a 50/50 Cow Chip Bingo. The football field will be marked into 200 10'x10' sections (end zones and side lines are also available for larger donations). The tickets purchased will be randomly placed on a board that corresponds with the field. Then the cow (which will have a full belly by 1 p.m.) will walk the field with encouragement. When the "natural urge" to release food occurs, a winner will have a winner -- the card with the corresponding "fertilized square" wins.
Southern Nash High School sees this event as a special learning opportunity for teens to become more active within the community, volunteer, and experience the bond between the community and the school while also raising money that goes to the Athletic Boosters, Band Boosters, and PTO.
There are numerous ponsors of this year's event, which make it possible.