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American Idols, Horses and Hockey

By September 12, 2009

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American Idol winner Jordin Sparks takes center stage at one of Columbus’ premier horse competitions and family events – the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix and Family Day. Hannah Montana star Mitchel Musso opens for Sparks.

The New Albany Classic, September 27, is a day-long family event hosted by Abigail Wexner at the Wexner place in New Albany. There are carnival rides, crafts, the Tween Brands Concert featuring Sparks, Musso and the OSU Marching Band, and the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix. This year, 30 of North America’s top professional riders and horses compete. 100 percent (yes, 100%) of the Classic’s proceeds go to the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t start their regular season until October 3. But, come September 15, they’re hitting the ice, the puck and anything else in their way.

Two of the preseason games are "Dispatch Family Value Pack Nights." On Sept 21 and 27, the $25 per person "includes a ticket, Pepsi drink, Sugardale hot dog, popcorn and Dispatch Ice Haus skating pass."

Photo by Dan Floss and courtesy of the New Albany Classic.

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