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ACCS lets it all fling out for school

ERIC J. SHELTON | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Amber Scroggins, 8, gives a strange look to the contestants of the Womanless Beauty Pageant during Adams County Christian School’s third annual Spring Fling Saturday afternoon.

NATCHEZ — Going to school on the weekend is something students try to avoid, but on Saturday, students and their parents flocked to Adams County Christian School for the school’s third annual Spring Fling.

Students traded tests and homework for games and fun Saturday, and all the money that was raised went right back to the school to purchase educational tools.

ERIC J. SHELTON | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Kevin Campbell, 16, blows a kiss to the judges while participating in the Womanless Beauty Pageant during Adams County Christian School’s third annual Spring Fling Saturday afternoon.

Spring Fling attendees had a variety of activities with which to entertain themselves, including a mechanical bull, a giant waterslide and even a car smash.

“There is just something about smashing a car,” 18-year-old Natchez resident Brian Hull said in between his swings at the vehicle. “You get to relieve so much stress and you get a workout.”

Hull said he had just found out about the Spring Fling an hour before it started, and after hearing about all there was to do, he had to go.

“It’s nice to have a day filled with a bunch of fun activities and games,” he said. “Especially when you don’t have to drive an hour out of the way to go to them.”

Spring Fling attendees also got to watch students compete in the Redneck Olympics.

Games for the Olympics included outhouse racing and a cow-patty-tug-of-war, but 37-year-old Natchez resident Evan Hortenberry said the lawnmower race was the best to watch.

“All these years I have been just using my mower to cut grass when I could have been training to be a great racer,” he said.

Hortenberry said the thrill of the Redneck Olympics was a nice surprise for him and his 4-year-old son Cole.

“I want to see another lap,” Cole said to his dad while he was cheering on the competitors.

The fling also saw a new addition in 2011, an outdoor flea and farmer’s market with 20 vendors selling a variety of goods.

“I can let my kids run around and have a blast while I get to have one too,” Natchez resident Trina Paulsen said. “There are a lot of good deals out here.”

The fling concluded with live and silent auctions, a catfish dinner, and a womanless beauty pageant featuring 23 high school boys in their finest women’s apparel.

“It has been such a great day. The weather was perfect, the kids had fun and all the money went to a good cause,” Paulsen said. “I can’t wait to see what is going to be added to next year’s fling.”