Spring Fling starts Monday May 19 at 9 a.m. at the Dean Hayes Track and Field Complex at MTSU.
The rest of the events start the next day and continue all week. This means that hundreds of fans, coaches, officials, media and athletes are already here and ready to begin.
Many more will arrive Monday. I doubt if there is an empty motel room to be had, and the wait at your favorite restaurant might be a little longer. This is all good as far as I’m concerned. A lot of economic activity is a lot better than none. Admission is $10 and no pets allowed, thank goodness.
State champions will be crowned in numerous sports as early as Wednesday, and it’s a fun week full of great stories and interesting sidelights. State champions will be crowned in tennis (girls and boys – singles, doubles and teams – in four levels), track in too many events to list, baseball and softball in A, AA, AAA and Division I and II along with four levels of boys soccer. It’s a full week with no rain allowed!
I will admit there is one downside. Traffic will be worse. Let’s be honest, will it really matter? Will you notice the difference? It’s doubtful.
I think Spring Fling is a great event and we get a chance to show off our county, our facilities and our first class University. It’s also an opportunity to demonstrate how friendly this community is. Our many volunteers are the key to this, of course, along with the Chamber of Commerce, our school leadership and numerous individuals.
Our visitors are very nice to us. They shop, eat, buy just about everything and they stay as many as seven nights. As a result of all of this, they leave behind many tax dollars which we can certainly use. I certainly hope they return home with a very positive impression of our county.
It’s also true that our athletes have been very successful in these events. In the last few years, a Rutherford County school has won one or more titles in baseball, softball, soccer, tennis and track and field. This year, for the first time we may have a AA baseball team in the mix if Central makes the field. If they make it the Tigers and Coach Buddy Powers could be favored to walk away with a title.
You can help with all of this. Attend an event, or if you see a visitor eating out or shopping, welcome them to our county. Just about everyone you see will be a fellow Tennessean. Say hello.