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September 3, 2013

Memorial to honor Clarkdale teen

MERIDIAN —     It is because of the unselfish wishes from a young life that ended all too suddenly that others can live on.

    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. Connie Agent, one of the organizers of the Tri-State Bulls and Barrels event set to be held Sept. 13 and 14 at the Lauderdale County Agriculture Center on Highway 19 South, said she "threw in" with Toni Buchanan and many others to get this event off the ground.

    "Toni taught Dylan in FFA and it was decided an event like this could complete two goals," Agent said. "One, to remember Dylan, and two to help his family. After all the people Dylan helped by donating his organs, it just seems fitting."

    Friday, Sept. 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m., the 4D Barrel Races will commence. 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 be 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.

    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 three and under get in free.   

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