of Southern Mississippi Dining Services Director Robert M. "Bob"
Lowe will serve as grand marshal for the 18th annual Southern Miss
Coca Cola Classic Rodeo March 21-22.
Budweiser Clydesdales will perform at halftime each night of the
rodeo, which will be held at the James Lynn Cartlidge Forrest County
Multi Purpose Center on U.S. 49 south of Hattiesburg.
who knows me knows I love the rodeo," said Lowe, an enthusiastic
fan of the entertainment. "I have followed this particular
rodeo from its beginning and can tell you that it really is fun
to watch. I encourage everyone to join us at this year's event."
are returning to Hattiesburg through the generosity of Southern
Beverage Company, a sponsor of the Southern Miss Coca-Cola Classic
Rodeo. These "gentle giants" along with the dalmatian
and the famous red, white and gold wagon receive thousands
of appearance requests each year. In addition to their halftime
performances, the horses also will make a special appearance at
Southern Miss's Payne Center fitness facility March 21.
sales for the classic rodeo will begin March 4. Tickets are $15
and $10 for adults, and $10 and $8 for children. Tickets are available
at the Payne Center on the Southern Miss campus, T.J.'s Western
Wear on U.S. 49 in Hattiesburg, Triple J Western Center in Eatonville,
and Tom & Calico Cat in Laurel's Sawmill Square Mall.
An active member
of the Mississippi Restaurant Association, Lowe has served as past
president of the local chapter and is currently serving on its board
of directors. Additionally, he serves as a board member of the Mississippi
Restaurant Association's Educational Foundation.
Educational Foundation, Lowe works to secure scholarship money for
two programs. One program provides scholarships to high school students
who will be pursuing collegiate degrees in the hospitality field.
The other program is Pro Start, which assists high school students
who will not be attending college with training in the food service
Lowe is past
president of the Sunrise Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow.
Lowe and his wife, Olivia, have one daughter, Hope Edwards, and
two grandsons, Mat and Nathan Edwards, all of Las Vegas, Nev.