MSU fan engineers cowbells to make a living
Lifting ban on the noisemaker offers new opportunity

More than a decade ago, lifelong Mississippi State University sports fan Eric Vlietstra lost his cowbells while moving to Chattanooga for a new job.

No worries, he thought. He made a call and ordered two of them – one maroon, one white – from a store back in Mississippi. When they arrived, there was maroon paint chipped onto the white one and vice versa. He wasn’t happy.

“I thought, ‘Well, heck, I could do a better job than this,’ ” he said.

Starting this month, he’ll be doing it as his full-time job.