Now that school is underway in Robertson County, and the football season is drawing near, it's time to gear up for one of the most competitive events between the local schools as Pep Rally on the Square takes place on the historic downtown square in Springfield.
It's the 20th year for the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce's Pep Rally on the Square, where students, from East Robertson, Greenbrier, Jo Byrns, Springfield and White House Heritage high schools, compete in an egg toss game, a sack race and the limbo, with a fierce game of tug-of-war for the finale.
All five schools have won the event at least once over the past 20 years, but it's Greenbrier High School that holds the coveted Volunteer State Bank spirit trophy earned at the end of the 2016 competition.
The winning team gets to hold the trophy at its school for the whole year, according to Margot Fosnes, chamber of commerce president & chief economic development officer, who said the pep rally doesn't just include school kids.
"With five schools competing, people who live in the community of a school will attend the pep rally also," Fosnes said. "People who live in Robertson County often identify very closely with their community and with the school in their community and this is a way of bringing all of our high schools together into one group."
Fosnes said people who attend the pep rally are able to recognize the work that the football programs, cheer squads and band programs have put into the preparations they have made for the football season.
Pennants are being sold at the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce and are available for purchase from students participating.
Area businesses will display the school pennants in their windows to show school spirit.
The proceeds from the sale of pennants help fund the ACT Counts fall event which recognizes students who have passed three of the four ACT benchmarks.
The Robertson County Chamber of Commerce's Pep Rally on the Square is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10. There is limited seating in the bleachers, so the chamber said people are welcome to bring lawn chairs for the event.