TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Lots of cheering could be heard from the Bancorp South Arena all day Saturday.
The loud cheering is coming from the All Star Competition featuring competitive teams from all across the Magnolia State.
"All Star is a unique industry," said Angie Dallas, owner of the Dallas Cheer Academy Gym. "It is not just like high school. We have stunting, tumbling, cheer -- not really like cheerleading on the sidelines anything, but more like dance -- so it's a lot of different aspects."
Members of competitive teams compete in different age groups starting at 4 years of age all the way up through high school to perform as a group.
While they're under the spotlight at this event, there are some butterflies.
"I get really nervous but then everyone on my squad really helps you and calm you down," adds Catherine Whitten, cheerleader. "[They] tell you to relax and say it's going to be okay. They comfort us."
"We want to be out there to show everybody that if you work hard you can do what you want to do," added Kaitlyn Tapper, cheerleader. "[Kind of] like you want this thing like tumblepass, you will work hard to do it."
For the majority of these teams these cheerleaders have been practicing six months out in preparation for what is the largest All Star cheer event in the state of Mississippi.
"Cheerleaders can compete all over the nation but for Mississippi, this is our largest all star event with 62 teams," said Justin Stricklin, owner of Victory Athletics Spirit.
For those who don't consider cheerleaders who perform at All Star competitions as gifted athletes, you might want to think again.
It's amazing what these young ladies do while on stage performing.
"A lot of these girls here are 100 pounds to 120 pounds they putting up girls the same weight," adds George Handy, cheer coach. "So yes, I consider it a sport. I consider it enjoyable and I consider it one of the things I will always do."
"This sport is different than most sports because every athlete is involved," added Dallas. "We can't sub, you know. You can't sub in like basketball; everybody gets to play."
And that makes it challenging for each team, knowing how they perform at every second will determine the outcome.
Teams compete for banners and all contestants on first-place teams receive medals.