West Marion Elementary will host a family-friendly wrestling event on Saturday to raise money for new tablets for students and new uniforms and helmets for their youth football teams.

“Our wrestling is not like what you see on TV. We are old-school wrestling, and family oriented. We only do shows as charity events, or to help others,” West Marion parent and organizer Missey Childers said on Thursday.

The group, Foothills Championship Wrestling, will hit the ring Saturday night to raise money for the school, and to buy new equipment and uniforms for WME football. Childers’ husband Chris is the football coach, but has also wrestled for about 20 years as Chris Thunder Anderson.

“There will be about 10 to 15 guys, and about five matches. We will have a bake sale, concessions and have opened it up to vendors,” said Childers. “We always begin our matches with a prayer and one of the guys will usually share an inspirational or encouraging story during intermission.”

WME principal Nakia Carson will referee the main event.

“We will do whatever it takes to help our children,” said Carson.

Foothills Championship Wrestling features the likes of The Foundation, Texas Outlaw, Erik Anton, Earl Grimmitt and Mickey Richards, among others. A previous event held at McDowell High School for Mark Revis featured former NWA champ George South. Unfortunately South won’t be able to make Saturday’s show, but Childers promises the entertainment will be great fun for the whole family.

“There is something for everyone to have fun,” she said. “My kids have gone through West Marion, and one of my heartbeats is still there. West Marion is family.”

Tickets can be purchased in advance through today at West Marion Elementary or at State Farm across from Jack Frost for $5. Tickets at the door will be $8. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and bell time is at 7 p.m. Kids under five are free.

If you would like more information about Foothills Championship Wrestling for a future fundraiser or event, contact Missey Childers at 828-772-8538.

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