Thousands of barrel-racing contestants from across the southeast have gathered in Starkville this weekend.
The 10th Annual Horse Poor Barrel Race put on by the Mississippi Horse Park kicked off Friday night and will continue today and wrap up on Sunday.
Last year’s race brought in 2,199 contestants to Starkville who would not have traveled here otherwise, and Mississippi Horse Park Facility Director Bricklee Miller is hoping for an even bigger turnout this weekend.
“Last year’s payout of $94,675, and it enticed even more contestants to enter the 2021 event. The first day the online entries opened this year and over 100 stalls were reserved,” said Miller. “Before entries closed, all 338 permanent stalls were reserved, and temporary stalls had to be added to accommodate the large demand.”
Today’s race will begin at 10 a.m., the Sunday race will begin at 9:30 a.m., following the church service that will go from 8 to 9 a.m. The event will be free for the public to attend, and all attendees must follow Mississippi State University’s Covid guidelines.
During the last twelve months, Miller said the Mississippi Horse Park has worked to prosper and service the community in a variety of ways.
For the full story, check out the Saturday, September 18 edition of SDN.