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Thousands flock to Aiken for Spring Steeplechase each year

March 18, 2019 GMT

Each year, thousands of people from all over the world will gather in Aiken for one of the largest events in the city, the Aiken Spring Steeplechase.

The Aiken Steeplechase Association, which was founded in Aiken in 1930 by several influential horseman, held its first official race in Hitchcock Woods along the Aiken Hounds draglines, according to the Aiken Steeplechase website.

The 53rd Running of the Aiken Spring Steeplechase will be the second leg of the Aiken Triple Crown.

Attendees can see horses racing around the track on a grass course over man-made obstacles called National Fences. These fences are 52 inches high and have steel frames filled with plastic brush.

The event also brings with it a tailgating party tradition, where attendees with parking spots on the field will set up tents and tables filled with food and drinks.

Over the years, attendees have also made a tradition out of the outfits they wear, with men opting to wear colorful, outlandish pants and women opting to wear large colorful hats, with many of the outfits having a spring theme.