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All week long the kids knew we were going to see some Monster Truck Action on Friday Night in Augusta, Georgia. They could hardly wait. It was an excellent bribe for good behavior.

We loaded up the car and headed just down from Gate Five at Fort Gordon to the Gordon Speedway. We arrived early before the show to check out the trucks. These trucks were huge. I guess that’s why they call them Monster Trucks. The show involved crushing small cars – always exciting. A few jumps and driving just on the back two wheels. Woo-wee.

It was a bit loud. Folks that had been to the speedway before came prepared with headsets. We did not. But we were able to sit a little away from the action and miss the big noise. Other action included a great motocross race.

The food was very affordable. We got some fries and Gatorade. No alcohol at the track—very family friendly. There is even a section of the stands just for families.

William loved Black Knight – it was the truck driven by the only female racer. Jacob liked the green truck. I personally liked seeing Big Foot – the very first monster truck ever.

But the other big hit was the racing flag. When having to make the choice between the flag and funnel cake – the boys choose the flag. I do feel that I missed out on that one. The funnel cake looked really good.

You can catch a race this Friday, July 22nd at the nearby Modoc Speedway, which is just a short drive over to McCormick, South Carolina.

For other races and speedy action check out the website:

http://www.modocspeedway.com/

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

A few days ago, I met some friends for a leisurely paddle up the Savannah River.  Our route took us up river, then up Rae’s Creek to Aqueduct Park, back to the river, up around a few islands and back to a boat ramp in North Augusta where we began.  Starting just a few hundred yards up river from downtown Augusta, it looked like this:

The weather was beautiful and there’s nothing quite as nice as getting on the river on a warm summer evening.  We looked for fish, turtles, ducks and other wildlife while we paddled up Rae’s Creek towards Aqueduct Park and met a man Stand-Up Paddling.  It looks like something fun I’ll have to try!

 

Aqueduct Park is a great spot to cool off and a lot of folks were taking advantage of the cool water!

 

Coming back to the river, we paddled upstream passing small islands and beautiful Spanish-moss covered cypress trees. 

We struggled against the current a little ways up the shoals and were rewarded with a fun ride down some very small rapids.

  

If you’d like to kayak or canoe on the Savannah River, you can rent both from Broadway Bait & Tackle or rent canoes from the Riverwalk Marina.

 

Broadway Bait & Tackle

1730 Broad Street (at the canal)

Augusta, GA 30904

(706) 738-8848

http://www.broadwaytackle.com/servlet/the-697/CANOE-RENTAL-KAYAK-RENTAL/Detail

Riverwalk Marina

1 5th Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901
(706) 722-1388

The Augusta GreenJackets are back!

The Augusta GreenJackets are back, and their fans could not be happier! Crowded gates are what you’ll encounter when you first walk up to Lake Olmstead Stadium, the home of Augusta’s minor league baseball team, but no worries, because the lines move very quickly.

When you enter the stadium your senses will be greeted by the sight of GreenJacket fans strolling around sporting their game attire, you’ll hear about the excitement of last games homerun by those in passing and you’ll smell fresh popcorn being popped and hotdogs being grilled.

The Augusta GreenJackets are a minor league baseball team that plays in Augusta, Georgia, as a Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Lake Olmstead Stadium has been the home of the GreenJackets since the 1995 season. The team is named in honor of The Masters golf tournament held in Augusta, where the winner receives a green jacket. The GreenJackets season begins in April and concludes in early September.

My first game of the season just happened to be the first of several “Thirsty Thursdays.” Each and every game played at home on a Thursday baseball patrons can enjoy dollar draft beer and fountain sodas! And that’s only one of several promotions offered.
Monday – dollar hotdogs
Tuesday – two-for-one
Wednesday – Baseball Bingo
Friday – alternating promotions
Saturday – fireworks
Sunday – kids eat free

Tickets are inexpensive and GreenJackets games are fun for the entire family. Individual game tickets can be purchased for as low as $7.00 for general seating. There are also several ticket packages depending on your needs, including season passes for you baseball enthusiasts! Do you have a large group? No problem! Lake Olmstead Stadium has the accommodations. Book their private party pavilion.

The Augusta GreenJackets play April through September, so there is still time for you to catch plenty of the action!

The Augusta GreenJackets
Lake Olmstead Stadium
78 Milledge Rd  Augusta GA 30904
(706) 736-7889

Harlem Globetrotters come to Augusta!

Guest Blog Submission by Carly Kobasiar of the Augusta Sports Council

The Harlem Globetrotters came to Augusta for a one-night only engagement at James Brown Arena. I remember going to a Globetrotters game as a little girl and enjoying their wild antics, so when I heard they were coming to Augusta I knew I had to see them again!

The Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining audiences for 85 years. They have performed for everyone from Presidents to Popes and have dunked their way into the hearts of basketball fans of all ages.

Fun for the entire family!

The show began with some cool break-dancing moves to the unmistakable sounds of the Globetrotters’ theme song, “Sweet Georgia Brown.” It really got the crowd going as the Globetrotter’s took the floor and the game was underway!

Globetrotters breaking it down.

The basketball game was almost secondary, as the Globetrotter’s fancy ball-handling and awesome slam dunks steal the show. If you go to a game and you are lucky to have tickets on the sideline, there’s a good chance that they will make you part of the show! Everyone is a target at the Globetrotter’s game, from little kids, to grandparents!

Slam Dunk!

Want to be part of the show?

The Globetrotter’s won the game 89-77, which was no surprise since their hapless opponents, the Washington Generals haven’t won a game since 1971!

The Harlem Globetrotters game was just one of many events held at Augusta’s James Brown Arena. The venue hosts sporting events, concerts and trade show throughout the year. Visit http://www.jamesbrownarena.com/ for more information.

To catch a Harlem Globetrotter’s game near you, check out their tour schedule at http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/.

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