Bull riding to start off Augusta Futurity events

Futurity to showcase top horse riders, family events

 

The Augusta Futurity kicks off this weekend with one of the city’s most popular annual events.

The USC Aiken Extra Inning Bull Riding Champion­ship, a companion event to the Augusta Futurity, begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at James Brown Arena. The indoor competition features some of the nation’s best bulls and bull riders. Tickets are $17-$21.

The bull riding event runs one day before the official start of the 35th edition of the Augusta Futurity. The largest cutting horse show east of the Mississippi River features a full schedule of events that runs through Jan. 25.

The newest competition on the schedule this year is the Champions Challenge. Competitors in the Open and Non-Pro classes will compete in a go-round competition before duking it out in the finals Thursday, Jan. 23, which will begin at 8 p.m.

From Wednesday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, Jan. 25, locals can enjoy the Western Expo at Bell Auditorium. On Jan. 25, the public can enjoy the Wrangler Family Fun Fest, a free event that features live music and a petting zoo. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Seventh Street Plaza side of James Brown Arena.

Inside the arena at 9 a.m. Jan. 25, the annual Augusta Futurity Horse Sale will take place.

At 5:30 p.m., opening ceremonies will be held before the Futurity Non-Pro and Open finals, which will close out the show.

TICKETS

DAYTIME PASS: $9 adults, $2 children 12 or younger

USC AIKEN EXTRA INNING BULL RIDING COMPETITION: $17-21

CHAMPIONS CHALLENGE NIGHT: Jan. 23, $14.50 adults, $5 children 12 or younger, reserved seating

CLASSIC FINALS: Jan. 24, $14.50 adults, $5 children, reserved seating

FUTURITY FINALS: Jan. 25, $16.50 adults, $5 children, reserved seating

GOLD TICKET: $35 for all daytime events (until 6:30 p.m.), Jan. 20-25 and Thursday night (Jan. 23)

TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Georgialinatix (877) 428-4849 or James Brown Arena (706) 262-4567; credit cards accepted, $4.50 per ticket plus 3 percent per order for handling. Cash only at Ticketmaster outlets, $4.50 per ticket handling fee. Cash or charge at James Brown Arena, no handling fee.

MORE: augustafuturity.com

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