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Rooster Run raising funds to help veterans
by L.A. Story
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GIFT — The giant rooster will preside over more fun and fundraising and this year’s recipient will be the American Legion Auxiliary and Veterans of Alcorn County.

The 2017 Rooster Run will be held Saturday, June 17, at 189 CR 753, Corinth, which is also know as Gift Bottom.

Among this year’s offerings will be the 5K Run/Walk, BBQ plates, “Chicken Grillin’ Contest,” 30 Gun Raffle, door prizes, inflatables/games for the kids and live entertainment as Gloria’s Line Dancers will be there. Gloria Keith of “Gloria’s Line Dancers” teaches line dancing at the American Legion Building in Corinth.

The County Line Dancers will be there as well.

“We have several vendors that are coming. It’s free to be a vendor. All we ask is for just a small door prize offering to be donated,” said Sandy Childs, event organizer.

Childs said John Lee Crow will be cooking some wild hogs harvested in Alcorn County.

The 5K Rooster Fun Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m.

“We accomplish a lot on a very small budget. Hopefully this event will provide the funds that will give us more free time to do more in our community and with our local veterans,” said Tina Hurst, American Legion Auxiliary.

“What makes this event so good is that every penny goes to the American Legion Auxiliary and veterans of Alcorn County, we’re very proud to do something for them because of all they do,” said Childs.

Hurst said they will cooking and selling hotdogs at the Rooster Run that day, as well.

American Legion Auxiliary “30 Gun Giveaway” — 1 ticket — $30 or 4 tickets — $100. Drawing for all prizes will be held Saturday, June 17, at the Rooster Run for Veterans. You do not have to be present to win.

Raffle items: 15 Long Guns — 1. Browning XBolt SS 270WIN; 2. Henry Lever H))1 22LR; 3. Ruger 10/22 Wood 22 LR; 4. Smith and Wesson M&P 15 SPT II 556; 5. Hatsan Escort Pump HD 12GA; 6. Savage A22 22 MAG; 7. Ruger American 243 BLK; 8. Ruger American 30-06 BLK; 9. Ruger American Shooters Kit 22LR; 10. Mossberg 715 Tactical 22LR; 11. Adams Arms Piston Air 556; 12. Winchester SXP 3.5” 25” Barrell 12G; 13. Marlin Model 60 22LR; 14. Cavalry Over/Under 410GA and 15. Henry Golden Boy 22 MAG.

There will also be 15 Handguns as raffle items: 1. Heritage Rough Rider 22//22MAG; 2. Smith and Wesson Shield 40; 3. Taurus PT111 G2 9MM; 4. Kimber 1911 45ACP; 5. Smith and Wesson SD9VE 9MM; 6. SIG P938 with Holster and Laser 9MM; 7. SCCY CPX2 9MM; 8. Springfield XDS-9 3.3; 9. Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380 with Laser; 10. Kimber Micro-9 9 MM; 11. Taurus 709 Slim 9MM; 12. Smith and Wesson SD40VE 40; 13. SCCY CPX1 9MM; 14. Heritage Rough Rider 22LR 6” and 15. Smith and Wesson Shield 9MM.

For tickets and complete rules for the 30 Gun Giveaway raffle, contact Mike Hurst — 662-415-9799; Tina Hurst — 662-415-9938 or Carlean Parker — 662-462-3443. Proceeds will benefit the American Legion Auxiliary.

For those who like to “ride the steel horse,” the American Legion Riders Post 6 will have a Ride for Veterans. It is a 65-mile ride. The cost is $25 per rider (includes t-shirt) and $10 per passenger (includes t-shirt). Pre-registration is required for the t-shirt to be available the day of the ride. To register or for information, contact: Mike Hurst — 662-415-9799, Tina Hurst — 662-415-9938 or Chris Grimes — 662-415-6987.

The story of the giant rooster sitting atop his majestic perch in Gift began as joke among friends that grew to become a cause. Childs spotted the 8-foot, 8-inch concrete rooster at Mid-South Ornamental Concrete and joked about raising money among friends to purchase “the big chicken.” The community effort to bring the rooster home gave birth to the original Big Chicken Homecoming in 2014 and a fundraising event that continues today.

The popularity and generosity of local support has continued to stun event organizers, Childs and Keith Jones, since the beginning.

“The everyday folks and businesses of our county — it is amazing what they bring and donate. There is something about that big chicken that brings the community together. It’s sits out here, but it belongs to this whole county, it’s humbling and it’s just wonderful,” said Childs. “The time and things people have donated for door prizes ... these people don’t have to do it, but they do it, and I don’t know how to thank them enough. They are the ones that make this happen.”

(For more information regarding the 2017 Rooster Run, contact 662-665-1043.)
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