Pacers and Polo to take to the field Saturday in Aiken

The 14th-annual Pacers and Polo, the third event in Aiken’s Triple Crown, will be Saturday at the Powderhouse Polo Field at 820 Powderhouse Road.

Gates will open at 10:30 a.m., and the match will begin at 1 p.m. The rain date will be April 2.

The fundraiser will benefit scholarships for student athletes at USC Aiken.

Pacers and Polo will feature an opening ceremony; six 7-minute chukkers, including a 20-minute intermission; and an awards ceremony at the end of the match.

The Aiken Polo Club in conjunction with USCA and The Pacer Club sponsor the match.

Tickets at the gate will be $10 for adults and $5 for children. For the first time, tickets are available online at

Advance tickets also are available at All Star Tents and Events, 176 Bettis Academy Road, Graniteville; Floyd & Green Jewelers, 515 Silver Bluff Road; USCA Advancement Office, Pickens-Salley House, USCA, 471 University Parkway; USCA Athletic Department, Convocation Center, 2049 Champion Way; H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road; and Lionel Smith LTD, 132 Laurens St. S.W.

Tickets also are on sale for the VIP Hospitality Tent. The cost of a ticket is $85 and includes lunch, open bar, program and admission to the event.

Lunch, which will be catered, will begin at 11:30 a.m. for tent guests. The bar will close after the fifth chukker.

No pets or baby strollers will be allowed in the VIP tent, and smoking will not be permitted in the tent area.

Tickets are required for all guests, regardless of age, to the VIP tent and should be bought in advance.

For more information on the VIP Hospitality Tent tickets, call Debbie Boggs at USCA at 803-641-3630.

Parking is not included in the VIP tent ticket price.

General admission and VIP tent parking will be $5 per car and will include up to four souvenir programs per car.

Reserved first-row parking spaces are $100 each, and the price includes four tickets and programs. The USCA Athletics Department handles all reserved parking. For more information, call Tim Hall at 803-641-3331.

Larry Wood covers education for the Aiken Standard.

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