Aiken's 40th annual Steeplechase to be held Saturday

By: Kristen Cosby
By: Kristen Cosby

Aiken's 40th annual Steeplechase is Saturday.

News 12's Kristen Cosby is on the track with what you can expect at the races.

Ford Conger Field is empty now, but Saturday 30,000 people will descend on it. It's an Aiken tradition that's filled with big jumps and big fun.

Saturday the screaming will abound as around 60 horses run and jump in Aiken's Steeplechase, a renewed race going strong for 40 years.

"This event has been a tremendous tradition in Aiken's history and it started back in 1930," says Paul Sauerborn, Steeplechase Association president.

The Steeplechase ended during World War II, but in 1965, the grand tailgating party returned.

Sauerborn says the race is enjoyed by all kinds of people.

"There's going to be a remarkable crowd here tomorrow and it seems to get better every year," he said Friday.

Besides the race, there's something for everyone...from carriage parades to fancy hats to shopping.

Dozens of vendors were setting up Friday, getting ready for the masses to buy their goods.

"It's kind of a combination of having a very broad spectrum of people as well as a captive audience," says vendor Vivien Bunce.

Saturday's weather is expected to be cool, like it's been lately. But the good news is it isn't supposed to rain.

Gates open at 9:30. The first race is at 1.

Tickets to the Steeplechase are $10 ahead of time and $15 at the race.

And you might want to bring a chair...seating is tight.

Click here for more information about the Aiken Steeplechase.

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