Meridian Star

September 13, 2013

Memorial events honoring Clarkdale teen begin tonight

from staff reports
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Connie Agent, one of the organizers for the Dylan Mabry Tri-State Bulls and Barrels Memorial event that will begin tonight at the Meridian Lauderdale County Agriculture Center on Highway 19 South, sort of chuckles when she thinks about the people who will be riding real live bulls for the first time.

    "They have been practicing hard," Agent said.

    But how do you practice to ride a bull who has a bad attitude?

    "Well," and this is where the chuckle comes in for Agent, "They rig up a barrel with springs and ropes. Somebody gets on each end and pulls. The trick is to stay on the barrel as long as you can."

    Dylan Mabry was a mature 17 years old when he died from injuries sustained in an April car accident. As per his wishes, others are now living and experiencing improved quality of life because of his organ donations. He may never know how many lives he touched during his time here on earth nor of those he continues to impact after he has gone but one thing is for sure, he has made a difference.

    It is in this memory of Mabry's life that organizers have put together a benefit through the Clarkdale Future Farmer's Association (FFA) and Meridian Firefighter's Local 52 to help Mabry's family with costs associated with his medical treatments and funeral expenses. Agent, said she "threw in" with Toni Buchanan and many others to get this event off the ground.

    Tonight, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the 4D Barrel Races will commence. There will be a $1,000 total prize pool for the winners in this event.

    "We have some people traveling four hours to come here and take part in this," Agent said. "This is an open event in which all ages and men and women can compete."

    Admission is free and concessions will be open. A silent auction will begin with the winners being announced the following night.

    Saturday, Sept. 14, gates will open at 8 a.m. with a full day of fun ahead. Activities throughout the day will include, trail rides, horse show events, a mechanical bull, bouncy houses for the kids, cake walks, face painting, David Talley's Magic and Balloons, and much more.

    Agent said the main show that night beginning at 7:30 p.m. will feature several of Dylan's friends trying to stay on a bull for eight seconds. Live music from Adam Boldin and the Trail's End Band will further spice up the night. The highlight, of course, will be the friends and family members of Dylan Mabry who will climb on the backs of bulls and try to hang on for dear life.

    "They have been receiving instruction from local men who have ridden bulls so I honestly think they will do OK," Agent said. "Whatever the outcome, it will be a fun time for everyone and we hope people will turn out for this worthy event."

    Admission to the Saturday events will be $10 for 12 years old and up, $6 for 4 to 11 years of age and all children 3 and younger get in free.