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The Salt Bowl Committee announces sales for tickets and t-shirts for Salt Bowl 2018 go on sale Wednesday, August 1st, and the theme this year is ”Saturday Night Lights.”
This will be the only football game in Arkansas this night – on Saturday, August 25th, 7:00 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium. The Salt Bowl is the largest attended high school game each year in Arkansas. Bryant will be the home team this year and will sit on the west side of War Memorial Stadium.
See all the details below on the sponsors, how to follow online, the tickets, the contests, the charities, the press conference, the pep rallies, the tailgate party, the pre-game and the halftime festivities.
Salt Bowl 2018 “Saturday Night Lights,” a.k.a. #SaltySaturday, would not be possible without the support of the community and sponsors. The sponsors this year include Big Red Stores, Everett Buick GMC, Chuy’s Restaurant, Jones Heating and Air, Rock Family Dental, Westrock Orthodontics, Impact Oral Surgery, Leap Kids Pediatric Dental, Skippy Foods, Chick-Fil-A, Arkansas Urology, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Petit Jean Meats, Arkansas Copier, Recycle Saline, Bin There Dump That, Ortho Arkansas, Arkansas Bone and Joint, Republic Services, Saline Memorial Hospital, Mascot Media, The Chris Kinzler Family, Ink Custom Tees, Saline County Banks and Credit Unions, Bryant Chamber of Commerce, and the Benton Chamber of Commerce.
The Salt Bowl Committee website is, www.saltbowlar.com. The game and activities can also be followed Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SaltBowlAR. They will be using the hashtag #SaltySaturday again as well.
Tickets and t-shirts are on sale now at all Big Red Stores in Saline County. Tickets are $10 each and include a Salt Bowl t-shirt. When your purchase your tickets, you will also receive a coupon for a free queso from Chuy’s to be used by September 30th. (Available at Chuy’s locations in West Little Rock and North Little Rock.)
The committee urges everyone to buy their tickets and t-shirts early. Tickets are available at the gate on the day of the game for $8, but that price does not include the t-shirt. Only AAA passes will be accepted
Indoor Club Level tickets are available, for $25 which includes a Salt Bowl t-shirt and can be purchased at either the Benton Chamber of Commerce or Bryant Chamber of Commerce. They will also have parking passes available for purchase for $25.
Go to Everett Buick GMC and sign up to be in the drawing for a chance to “Throw Like A Pro.” Sign up between August 1st at Everett Buick GMC or at the Everett tent at the tailgate party. Names will be drawn after the tailgate party and the participants will “Throw Like a Pro” at halftime for the chance to win a new truck.
Go to Chick-Fil-A Reynolds Road in Bryant and sign up for the chance to be “Kickin’ for Chicken.” Sign up between August 1 and game day, names will be drawn and they will be given the opportunity to kick a field goal at halftime to win a year’s supply of chicken from Chick-Fil-A.
Through Friday August 24th, stop by Academy Sports + Outdoors in Benton and ask a team member how your name can be entered to win a $100 Academy Sports + Outdoors gift card. Five winners will be announced during the Salt Bowl.
Rock Family Dental, Westrock Orthodontics, Leap Kids Pediatric Dental, and IMPACT Oral Surgery have been proud to sponsor the Salt Bowl for over six years. This year, Westrock Orthodontics is excited to give away free braces to one lucky winner. Entries can be made at https://westrockortho.com/salt-bowl-2018/ or at their booth at the tailgate party.
The Salt Bowl Committee is always pleased to be working again with great organizations to give back to our community: The Arkansas Foodbank, the Arkansas Blood Institute and new this year, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.
The Arkansas Foodbank will be partnering with Skippy Foods for the annual Peanut Butter Drive from August 1st through August 23rd to provide food for children and families in need in our community. Schools from Bryant and Benton will be competing to see who can donate the most peanut butter, with a goal of 25,000 pounds, and then Skippy Foods will again provide a matching gift. this year, parents and students will be able to bring their peanut butter to Benton and Bryant School open houses prior to the start of school.
Arkansas Foodbank is also partnering with several local businesses for drop-off locations. Saline County residents can drop off peanut butter at local Big Red locations as well as Everett Buick GMC. If your business would like to be a drop off location, please contact Nick Bradford at 501-569-4315. Businesses will then donate the peanut butter to the school of their choice in the Benton or Bryant school district. The peanut butter stays in the school districts and food pantries in Saline County.
You can also donate $10 to the Arkansas Foodbank by texting FEED to 501501. No one deserves to go hungry. Yet, Arkansas is second in the nation for food insecurity. One in six, or an estimated 515,000 Arkansans, does not know where their next meal may come from. For children, that rate is even higher. One in four children face food insecurity in Arkansas, and in some of our rural counties, that rate is as high as one in three. Anytime, during the month of August, YOU can help by texting and donating to help hungry children, families and seniors in need.
The Arkansas Blood Institute will be holding Blood Drives at both high schools. The Bryant High School blood drive will be held on September 11th, and the Benton High School Blood Drive will take place on September 12th. Both schools will be competing for a trophy to the school that donates the most pints of blood.
We are excited to have a new partner this year, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas and from August 20-24, each school in the Benton and Bryant School Districts will be collecting donations for Goodwill. Students, families and the community are encouraged to donate gently used clothing and household items. In addition to funding numerous education, training and employment programs, donations collected will mean money for the school districts and scholarships for Saline County residents to earn their Business Professional Certification. Donations should be taken to an area school instead of your local Goodwill store or donation center.
The Press Conference
Game week will kick-off with the Recycle Saline Coaches’ and Players’ press conference that will be held at War Memorial Stadium at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20th. Coach Brad Harris, Coach Buck James and two players from each team will be available to speak about this year’s game.
The Pep Rallies
There will be two community pep rallies at Everett Buick GMC the week of the game. The Bryant Community Pep Rally will take place on Tuesday, August 21st, at 6:00 p.m., and the Benton Community Pep Rally will be held on Wednesday August 22nd, at 6:00 p.m. as well. There will be free hot dogs, drinks and Kona Ice at each rally. Drive Time Sports on 1037 The Buzz will broadcast live from Everett Buick GMC on Wednesday the 30th.
The Tailgate Party
The Academy Sports and Outdoors Tailgate Party will be an all-day affair at War Memorial Stadium leading up to the Salt Bowl kickoff! To reserve your tailgate spot for your family, friends, or graduating class, contact War Memorial Stadium at 501-663-6385.
Beginning at 3:00 p.m., businesses, non-profits, churches, colleges, campaigns and 103.7 The Buzz will be showcasing themselves, so join us on the east side of War Memorial Stadium Also at 3:00 p.m., thanks to our sponsors Petit Jean Meats and our Saline County banks and credit unions, we will be passing out free Petit Jean hot dogs and drinks, and over 80 vendors will be set up to visit with you. Midtowne Church will be back with their Kids Zone of inflatables for the kids to enjoy! If you are interested in a booth space, contact the Benton Chamber of Commerce at 501-860-7004.
The gates into War Memorial Stadium will open at 5pm. Pre-game festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with recognition of the Future Panthers and Future Hornets and cheerleaders, as well as our Community Service Awards, the Rob Patrick Award and the Donnie Burks Award, all sponsored by Westrock Orthodontics.
The Honorary Captain conducting this year’s coin toss sponsored by Republic Services will be the KATV Sports Director and “Mr. High School Football” Steve Sullivan. The Honorary Co-Captains for their respective teams are the Former Athletic Directors who started the Salt Bowl, Coach Ronnie Kerr and Coach Tom Farmer
At halftime, the cheer and dance squads will perform, the Benton and Bryant bands will again perform together, and we will have the “Kickin’ for Chicken” and “Throw Like A Pro.”
For the last two years, the game has come down to the exciting final play, and the Committee expects another great game for Salt Bowl 2018. Get your tickets now.