Get along, little doggies

The weather dished out a wet and wintry mix, but that didn't stop organizers from serving up fun for the young cowpokes Sunday at the Wrangler Family Fun Fair at James Brown Arena.


The festival, which coincided with the Augusta Futurity, included pony rides, pictures on top of Maverick the Longhorn, mechanical bull rides, two clogging performances and music from the Livingroom Legends.

Two-year-old Ryan Rearden, of Knoxville, Tenn., took a minute to size up the brown and white pony his parents were about to put him on before finally deciding to go for a ride. Once in the saddle, he couldn't get enough of the cowboy experience.

"I want to do that, mama," the boy said, pointing to the Ride the Hide mechanical bull.

Ryan's mother, Kristin Rearden, said she'd have to make him pass on that experience, but she would let him get his picture taken on Maverick the Longhorn.

"He loved the pony ride," Ms. Rearden said. "He wouldn't go on at first, but he changed his mind."

Children in their Western best - some with hats, others with spurs and all wearing smiles - lined up to brave the bucking bronco.

Trey Allen, 5, said he could've done it again.

"He wanted to go faster," said his mother, Sherrie Allen, of Cleveland, Ga.

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