Mayors of Tarboro, Pilot Mountain set friendly wager


Tarboro Mayor Joe Pitt, right, talks with a small business owner in Tarboro in February. He and Pilot Mountain mayor Evan Cockerham agreed on Tuesday to a friendly wager regarding Saturday's title game.


Telegram Reports

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Saturday just became a little more interesting.

The Tarboro and East Surry football teams will compete in the 1-AA state championship game at 6 p.m. on Saturday at N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium. The stakes were upped this week when the team’s respective towns got involved.

Pilot Mountain mayor Evan Cockerham on Tuesday afternoon extended a wager to Tarboro mayor Joseph Pitt. Cockerham offered several items unique to his town. Pitt accepted later that day, and listed a number of items from Tarboro’s local shops as his offering.

The winning town hinges on the success of the two football teams. And a lot is already on the line as the Vikings are back for a consecutive season playing for their sixth state championship.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, are making their first championship appearance and are looking for their program’s first title.

Cockerham began his letter to Pitt by writing, “We are two civic leaders of towns with proud sports traditions. In the spirit of promoting food relations between our towns and their many football fans, I wanted to personally offer a friendly wager over the outcome of the upcoming East Surry Cardinals vs. Tarboro Vikings game.”

Should Tarboro win, the Town of Pilot Mountain will send a bottle of wine from JOLO Winery and Vineyards, a tin of gourmet popcorn from Tippy Top Pop, and a jar of Niki’s Pickles.

Pitt wrote back, “Thank you for reaching out to me regarding this exciting opportunity for both of our communities. On behalf of the citizens of Tarboro, I accept your wager.”

If the Cardinals win, Pitt will send over a growler of “Vikings on Main” beer from Tarboro Brewing Company, a Vikings shirt — which must be worn in public with a photograph for proof — one package of Peanut Brittle from Rusty’s Gifts, a pastry basket from Alimentaire Wholesome Breads, coffee from Tarboro Coffee House, a Christmas ornament from the Tarboro-Edgecombe Chamber of Commerce, and locally knitted socks from Mayo Knitting Mill.

Quite the haul.

Now, all that’s left is the game.