Roy the Rooster has something to crow about once again as the annual Rooster Run/Rooster Rally is set to return after a year off due to the pandemic.

The fun returns to the Gift Bottom community in northwest Alcorn County on Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rooster Run Committee 2021 President Vivian Moss said they’re thrilled to be back and are looking forward to a fun-filled day for a great cause.

“We just want everybody to come out, have a good time, bring their lawn chairs and bring their families,” she said.

Each year the event chooses a charity to support with the proceeds from the festival and race. This year’s recipient is Crosswind of Corinth’s homeless outreach program.

Moss said a fellow committee member works downtown, saw the struggles of the community’s homeless and wanted to find a way to assist those struggling with the issue so they decided to give to Crosswind’s efforts. Crosswind provides a variety of programs and referrals to help struggling individuals and families receive the help they need to get back on their feet and live better lives.

The Rooster Run fun begins at 10 a.m. on June 19 at the site of the landmark Big Chicken at 189 County Road 753, Corinth. Those attending should look for the signs, turn north at Suitors Crossing off of Highway 72 and follow the signs to the festival.

Race registration is going on now at racesonline.com and forms are also available at the Alcorn County Tax Assessor’s office, TrustMark Bank’s main branch, the Corinth Area Tourism office and Kim Ratliff’s office at Corinth City Hall.

Along with the Rooster Run, there will also be a chicken grilling competition with awards up for grabs in both competitions as well as a cornhole tournament. Food and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand and a political speaking will also be on the menu.

Moss said the story of the Big Chicken is really the story of what can happen when individuals come together to make a difference. It began in 2014 when Roy’s owner Sandy Childs-Jones spotted the 8-foot-8-inch tall concrete chicken at MidSouth Ornament Concrete and begin joking about raising funds to bring him to their community. The jokes quickly became serious as the effort turned into a fundraiser for local charities and the first Big Chicken Homecoming was held in 2014 to celebrate Roy’s arrival.

The event has grown each year and Moss said it’s a great opportunity for people to join together for fun and fellowship while helping others. When everyone works together it all ads up.

“You can just donate a dollar and when everyone donates a dollar and it all comes together the money adds up,” she said.

For more information about any of the events, call 662-665-1043.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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