All eyes are on the Greenbrier Bobcats this week to see if the students of Greenbrier High School can create a four-peat in the 22nd running of the Pep Rally on the Square in Springfield.
The event is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 8, from 5 – 7 p.m. on the historic downtown square.
Hundreds are expected to turn out to cheer their home team on as the annual high school competitions of egg toss, sack races, limbo and tug-of-war take place.
There will also be marching band performances, cheerleader routines and dance performances which will all entertain the crowds of fans who come out to observe.
It gets loud and it gets fierce.
This year, the focus will especially be to remove the trophy from the Greenbrier High School trophy case, where it has been located for three consecutive years, beating out the teams of Springfield High, White House Heritage High, Jo Byrns High and East Robertson High schools in the fall of 2016, 2017 and 2018.
If the Bobcats prove to be champions again for the 2019-2020 season, the school’s seniors will have carried the competition their entire high school career.
Greenbrier High School Principal Katie Osborne said she is proud of the students for their enthusiasm and school pride.
“The Pep Rally on the Square is a wonderful and positive event for all of our schools,” Osborne said.
The annual event is organized by the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce for the purpose of kicking off the football season in a fun, yet competitive way, according to the chamber’s Director of Special Events Carly Rager.
“The rally is to help hype them up,” Rager said. “Some of the schools will not face each other in the football season, so it’s important for them to have a sense of community with this event.”
The competition was designed to be a fun one. Bull horns are prohibited at the competition and booing is frowned upon, according to Rager.
“We ask the students to be respectful to each other during the other schools’ performances,” Rager said. “It’s important for them to be respectful for others’ time and effort in what they’ve put together.”
Whitt’s Barbecue, the Rolling Recipe and Kona Ice will be located at the rally, providing food and refreshments for folks, as will the eateries on and around the square.
The event is free, with parking off the square and in downtown public parking lots.
There is limited seating in the bleachers, so the chamber said people are welcome to bring lawn chairs for the event.
“It might be hot, but everyone always seems to enjoy the event,” Rager said. “It’s a great way to show our school spirit. That’s what it’s all about.”