Several top professionals will compete in the second annual Philadelphia Black Rodeo which drew one of the largest crowds ever to the county coliseum last year.

The rodeo, set for Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m., will consist of team roping, bare back riding, barrel racing, junior break-a-way roping and much, much more, organizers said.

ILI Rodeo Productions LLC will host the rodeo along with a "Walk Against Obesity" event. The walk starts at 8 a.m. at the coliseum.

Organizers are expecting a sell-out crowd at this year's event.

The non-profit organization promotes the sport of rodeo with the highest level of professional conduct and sportsmanship, officials said.

The Rodeo Productions' mission is to provide "good ole" entertainment for the entire family, as well as promote health awareness. The organization is committed to the preservation of the cowboy way of life and contributions of African American cowboys. Additionally, the organization likes to carry on the cowboy tradition of "passing the hat" in support of scholarships for local students, officials said.

Rodeo Productions will provide all the cattle and the teams as well as all the personnel to put on the rodeo including the rodeo announcer, secretary, timekeeper, judges and chute help. Each performance is concluded with the crowning of the champion team, pictures with the sponsors and officials and the paying of prize money to the winners. Teams normally consist of two men. The team's entry fee is typically paid back 100 percent to them as prize money.

Carl Addy, coliseum director, said last year's rodeo drew one of the largest crowds to the coliseum.

"Tickets for this year's event are going strong," Addy said.

The walk will consist of individuals or groups walking a 5K that starts at the coliseum, goes south on Mississippi 15 and continues on into Northside Park, makes a loop and heads back toward the coliseum.

Proceeds from the walk will go towards the Philadelphia-Neshoba County Boys and Girls Club.

"We come into town and try to give back to the community," said Andy Wade, one of the directors of the event.

Registration for the walk is under way through Saturday and the fee is $10. Kids 12 and under do not have to pay a fee. Registration can be done at the city hall or the depot.

Event organizers are also supporting a Walking Towards Wellness Walk/Run on March 26 from 8 to 10 a.m. The event will take place at Northside Park.

For more information on the Black Rodeo or Walk against Obesity contact Andy Wade at 601-421-3724. Contact Gail Breazeale at 601-416-5529 for information on the Walking Towards Wellness Walk/Run.