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Augusta Southern Nationals celebreate 25 years of racing

Its here. Its now. The 25th running of the Augusta Southern Nationals is just around the corner so you need to make plans now to attend one of the premier events held at the Augusta Riverfront Marina. E T and speed records are set and broken at most events. Make sure to be at the Marina so that you can be a witness to history being put down in the record books.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday are the days to remember.

For the small price of a ticket you can lounge on the river bank and watch the high power of these drag racing hydro's glide through the water at incredible speeds. These are not your average speed boats; far from it. You will see and hear the Top Fuel and Alcohol boats which are sure to put a smile on the faces of the young and old alike. The grassroots of drag boat racing will also be there to show off what they have to offer. River racers and Flat Bottoms are a couple that always please the crowd.

You don't even need to carry that cooler for refreshments. The event has numerous concession stands for you to get that tasty treat or that cool drink to wet your whistle. Alcoholic beverages are available, but only if you are of age.

All you need is a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and the enthusiasm to enjoy yourself to the max. On the river bank you get the view down low where you can see each bobble and wiggle as the boat scream by.

If the river bank is not the place you wish to be, this is not a problem. You can purchase the Patron Badge which gives you access to the boat house and all that it has to offer. High above the rivers edge you may relax on the decks for more of a birds eye view. An added plus, the boat house is air-conditioned.

The racing is all done and put in the books by sunset each day, so this will give you your evenings to take in a little scenery. Augusta has a lot to offer visitors. This quaint small southern town has the beauty of the old south mixed in with up to the minute attractions as well.

A favorite of most -- the Canal tours. Way back in the day this is how merchants and farmers delivered and received supplies to keep their community thriving.

The canals are still used today and you may just wish to take one of the evening sunset tours to cap off a fun filled day at the races.

For the past 24 years The Augusta Southern National have generated funds for the community and as an added plus.... The children will get that extra spirit lifting event to show off their moves in the Georgia Special Olympics. The area nine Special Olympics are the benefactors... later in the summer when the funds are all totaled... the monies will go toward the expenses for children to attend and compete in the Olympics that are just for them.

Tickets in advance are $22 for the weekend. A single day, either Saturday or Sunday is $18.00. You can purchase your tickets at American Speed Center, Anything Goes Gifts, Boots Bridles and Britches, Four Seasons Food and Fuel, Georgia Bank and Trust or

You can also charge by phone at 803-278 4TIX (4849). Come out for a memorable day and help keep community support alive. The Patron Badges are $60 in advance and $70.00 at the gate.

Friday also will hold test and tune for all racers who wish to get that jump on the field and test the water. The admission price for Friday is only $5. As for the entire event; children 10 and under are free.

Saturday and Sunday gates open at 8am, racing action starts at 10. Come early, toss down your blanket and mark your spot for the days activities.

Sponsors of the event are: Coca-Cola, The Augusta Chronicle , Miller Lite, E-Z-GO, Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series and Special Olympics of Georgia.

Web posted on Thursday, July 15, 2010

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