Saturday’s Greenwood Gravel Grind will bring at least 82 riders to the unpaved roads of Leflore and Carroll counties — and maybe more.

By midday Thursday, 82 had registered, but G3 founder and organizer Richard Beattie thinks that number will go higher.

“We’ve had good signups the last couple days because of an improved weather forecast,” Beattie said. “I’ve been predicting 100, and we’re going to get there.”

Registered riders and those interested in joining them can head out to Tallahatchie Flats, 2.9 miles north of the Tallahatchie Bridge on Money Road, from 4-7:30 p.m. Friday to sign up or pick up their G3 packets. Or they can come early on Saturday, from 7-7:45 a.m. at the starting line at Farmer’s Market pavilion, the corner of Main and Johnson streets. The late entry fee is $80.

The 100-kilometer (62-mile) G3 ride will push off at 8 a.m. from the pavilion, followed by riders in the 50K (32-mile) ride 10 minutes later. Riders will find two rest stops with food and drinks provided by sponsors and staffed by volunteers.

The post-race party will be back at Tallahatchie Flats with live music by Ben Wiley Payton, food from Greenwood Market Place prepared by the Cotton Row Que Team and beverages from Mitchell Distributing.

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