In November, the steering committee for “The Not Yet Named Bike Ride Across Mississippi” launched a contest to give a name to the big ride. After receiving 125 entries to name the ride, the committee has made its selection.
Our new ride is called:
Bike Mississippi Y’all – Magnolia State Annual Tour
Dianne DeHart, winner of the Name the Ride Contest
Without further ado, we congratulate Dianne DeHart for her winning entry containing our favorite phrase, “Y’all”! Dianne will receive a free entry to the ride, a Bike Mississippi Y’all jersey and VIP treatment during the week.
So, let me tell you about the process of choosing the name.
The committee gathered with high expectations, knowing that before the night was over we would make our first big step toward launching our multiday adventure. Each committee member received a two-page list of potential names, and immediately it became obvious that choosing a name for the trans-Magnolia-state ride would not be easy. It was decided that each member would peruse the list and attempt to narrow down the choices to five favorites out of the 125 names. Some on the committee were able to settle on just four names; one of us had difficultly narrowing them down to as few as 14!
After each member made his selection, we began comparing names on each list. Although we were not in complete agreement over the exact names, all of our favorite titles had common keywords. We all seemed to like Y’all, Magnolia and Tour. Unanimously, our favorite titles contained the word Y’all. We agreed that the word Y’all is a comforting and welcoming term, one that affirms Mississippi’s hospitable and inviting atmosphere. The phrase “Y’all come” echoed around the table. Read More