ROTARY MEETING: Paul Sauerborn and Jessica Miller, Aiken Steeplechase Project Update
September 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
The Aiken Steeplechase has a new home. After several years of searching, the Aiken Steeplechase Association finally found the right property: a 140-acre parcel that sits just at the edge of the city limits. With the help of the City of Aiken, the association was able to put together a deal to purchase the property late last year and is now in the process of creating a state-of-the-art steeplechase facility. In addition to the track itself, the new grounds will have an announcer’s tower and ample room for various tents – for stabling, viewing and the like – as well as a spacious infield, acres of parking, and at least 25% more space along the track itself for railside spectating than it has today. This is a particular boon for the association, since the Aiken Steeplechase is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions and is always oversubscribed.