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The Augusta BMX Track

There’s just no shortage of recreational opportunities in  Augusta, GA.  Recently my husband and I took our son to the Augusta BMX track.  Brandon will start the second grade next month.  He has never been to anything like this before, but he’s athletic and loves to ride his bike.  We chose a Sunday evening to go check it out, which for us, worked out really well.  There were just a few kids there when we arrived, all older than Brandon, but they were all nice and let him get on the track without feeling too intimidated.  Soon we were the only ones there and Brandon could really try it out.

He loved it!  You could see the exhilaration on his face as he sped down the gate, over the hills, and rounded the curves.  There were a few minor scrapes, but all in all he toughed it out and can’t wait to go again. Augusta’s BMX track is at Wood St. and Division St. near downtown and is operated by the Augusta Recreation Department.

If you have any questions about the BMX track you can reach them at (706) 421-9892 or  (877) 269-1269 ext. 11.  It is free and open to the public during daylight hours.  It is also home to the Augusta BMX Club.  I definitely see more of this in our family’s future and look forward to a lot of fun and a heavy supply of band aids!

Motorcross Over Augusta

During May the City of Augusta hosts the ‘Thunder Over Augusta’, an event downtown that celebrates Armed Forces Day.  We have large military population in town because of nearby Fort Gordon, and it’s always great to celebrate those who defend our country with family friendly events.  This year the event was held at the Augusta Common and spread all the way over Reynolds Street to the Riverwalk.  There were all sorts of food and drink vendors and fun stuff for kinds like a huge bounce slide.  They also had a great car show with all sorts of classic cars and trucks.

I especially liked this ‘General Lee’ Charger from the ‘Dukes of Hazzard’.

The real showcase of the event is the fireworks display. It is supposed to be as big, if not bigger than the 4th of July fireworks show.  One of the bridges over the Savannah River is closed down so they can shoot directly over the water and the pyrotechnics are amazing.

This year they also featured another treat, motorcross riders on Reynolds Street. I am beyond impressed with what these guys could do on their bikes. They had ramps set up and were doing jumps and flips right on top of the crowd. It was great!

I even caught a little video of some of their tricks!

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Monster Truck Show

Are you ready to RUUUUUUUUMMMMMMBBBBBBLLLLLLEEE?  Did you bring your ear plugs?  Because you’ll definitely need them at the Monster Truck show that my family and I recently attended at the James Brown Arena in Augusta.

 

There’s never a shortage of things to do with your family in Augusta, and this Monster Truck, Freestyle Motorcross, ATV, and BMX show was certainly an example of that.  My husband, my 16 year old step-son, Matt, and our 6 year old son Brandon had a blast watching these incredible machines smash old jalopies to smithereens. The boys, couldn’t take their eyes off of (not me, some of the time I covered my eyes it was so dangerous) the motorcycle and ATV riders as they took death defying leaps into the air, flipping from one ramp to another and even doing handstands on the handlebars.  The skill of the BMX bikers was incredible as they powered over ramps, jumped over a girl sitting in a chair, and made their bikes bend in their hands like silly-putty.

The entire show was really family friendly.  After it ended the riders signed hundreds of autographs for kids and fans of all ages.  Of course the popcorn and Coke was a treat and the company of our neighbors in the seats nearby was great!

We’ve still got the earplugs, ready for the next time we’re ready for the roar of monster trucks, the sweet smell of exhaust and the awesome aroma of burning tires!

Check out what you can take your family to see and experience at Augusta’s James Brown Arena at http://www.augustaentertainmentcomplex.com/.

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