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Plenty Of People Contributed To Make The AIMS Tournament A Success

The last couple of weeks have been very busy around our office with the 2,100-plus kids that came through our doors for the North Mississippi AIMS tournament along with numerous other meetings.  Some of you might not know exactly what takes place to make the AIMS tournament happen so I will attempt to explain and thank everyone that helped.  

First, Mr. Bob Tyler is the reason that the tournament is held in Yalobusha County, along with the rest of the county’s economic development board members.  A couple of weeks before the event the county crew from Beat 1 came and helped level the arena floor.  A week before the event started crews from all five beats in the county gave the Multi-purpose building a good cleaning.  At the same time volunteers with the 4-H Shooting Sports group were rounding up supplies and groceries for the concession stand.  On Friday before the event a couple of guys from Beat 5 came and put the finishing touches on the arena floor.  On Sunday before the event started, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) crew rolled in and set up the equipment for the event with help from Earl Gibson, who serves on the Economic Development board.  

The AIMS tournament officially started on 9 a.m. on Monday March 26th.  The 4-H Shooting Sports group was charged with feeding three meals a day to the MDWFP conservation officers and employees that worked the tournament so volunteers reported to work in the concession stand at 6 a.m. every morning. 

The officers that worked the actual event started arriving at 7:00-7:30 am each day.  Coffeeville Chamber of Commerce arranged for Mr. Ricky Wilson of Coffeeville to keep the Multi-purpose building clean during the tournament and he did a great job.  The City of Water Valley provided a Garbage truck and dumpster to handle all of the trash for the week.  The AIMS tournament lasted Monday thru Thursday, March 26-29.  At the end of the day on Thursday, shortly after the last arrow was released and the equipment was removed, the Multi-purpose building was back to normal just in time for the Tri-Lakes Horse Show on Saturday March 31. 

I would like to apologize for not providing an article last week.  I generally wait to write my articles until Monday morning, just in case something worth talking about happens on the weekend. Last Monday I was giving a program in Lafayette County on small space gardening.  All of the agents in our office travel to surrounding counties and help deliver programs if requested by other agents.   

By the time this article comes out I will have delivered the first session of the Home Vegetable Gardening class that I am giving at the Multi-purpose building. I would love to have anyone that grows a garden or wants to learn how to grow a garden to attend these classes.  The first class was held on Monday, April 9, at 6 p.m. and covered the topic of site selection, soil testing, and variety selections.  The next class meetings are scheduled  April 23, May 3 and May 11th at 6 p.m. in the Multi-purpose building. 

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