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.