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VILLAGE OF SHOPS

The Village of Shops began in 1993 and is now a much-anticipated part of the Steeplechase. Vendors from all over the Southeast bring their wares to sell throughout the day of the races. Items range from equestrian gifts, antiques, paintings, clothing, jewelry, and much more.

BECOME A VENDOR

Village of Shops participants are selected by a jury from the Aiken Steeplechase Committee. We select vendors who provide the diversity to reduce competition and to satisfy patrons of the Aiken Steeplechase race meets. Priority will be given, but not guaranteed, to past Village of Shops participants.

Please review the Village of Shops Policy Statement below and fill out the form to submit your application.

Village of Shops Application

Our 2018 Spring Village of Shop Participants:

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PADDOCK PLAYGROUND

The Aiken Fall Steeplechase is attended by well over 10,000 patrons. This is an ideal outlet to promote your organization, distribute flyers, and seek donations and/or volunteers. The Paddock Playground, located directly beside the Village of Shops, is comprised of a select number of non-profits. We are proud and excited to offer it annually during our Fall Steeplechase for your organization, our patrons and their children.

Our 2017 Fall Paddock Playground Participants:

  • Aiken Civic Ballet Company
  • Aiken County Pony Club
  • American Red Cross
  • Area Churches Together Serving (ACTS)
  • Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County
  • Children’s Place
  • Diann Shaddox Foundation
  • Equine Rescue of Aiken
  • Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS)
  • Girl Scouts of South Carolina
  • Great Oak Aiken Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Helping Hands
  • Silver Bluff Center and Sanctuary
  • Special Olympics
  • South Carolina Department of Agriculture
  • Tri-Development Center