The Spirit Club Cow Patty Drop is scheduled for Friday, June 6 at 6 p.m. at the Moore County High School football field. A $5 donation will get you a hot dog and drink the night of the drop and a chance at the grand prize of $500.
Proceeds will help the Moore County cheerleaders attend camp. See a Moore County cheerleader or a member of the Spirit Club to make a donation and receive a ticket. The rainout date is June 13.
Moore County News contributor June Pugh remembers the first Cow Patty Drop she attended more than a dozen years ago.
“I awoke early, checked my calendar and my ticket. Yes, this was indeed the Saturday I had eagerly awaited. I was about to attend my first Cow Patty Drop. The weather was cool and cloudy and the sky promised us a much needed rain.
“A handful of hopeful ticket holders like me arrived at the Moore County High School football field at 10 a.m. to witness the event. I drove up just behind the Sherriff’s Department. A deputy would be a judge, so everything would definitely be on the up-and-up.
“Varsity cheerleaders and their moms had come to the field earlier. They had hung letters at intervals on the fence behind the goal posts and numbers on the fence down the yard lines. A large wooden grid lay on the concrete slab in front of the hometown bleachers. Each ticket stub had been attached to a square on the grid.
“On the visitors’ side, a pickup truck pulling a covered trailer arrived and a large, chocolate brown cow was led onto the field. She kicked her hoofs, hopping and jumping, as if to say she was happy to be released. Possibly she realized that this was to be her few minutes of fame. Now it was show time, or more accurately, go time.
“The deputy told me that sometimes he had seen it take an hour or more for Bossy to do her business. I was just beginning to wish that someone would open the concession stand, when there she went — right in the corner where she had come in and in only 30 minutes.
“The officials took to the field to first determine the exact location of the drop and then to the grid to determine the winner. Bossy had put her patty on a line, so two lucky people were going to split the $500 prize.
“I have had a good bit of education. As a nurse I have seen a lot. I have lived long enough to hear even more. But here is the honest truth. I had to move to Lynchburg to participate in a Cow Patty Drop. I didn’t hold the lucky ticket, yet every time I experience such a unique, small town event and meet more of Lynchburg’s friendly citizens, I consider myself a Million Dollar Winner.”