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.


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 and vendors who select the Spring/Fall Deal, which begins in the Spring of each year. Please review the Village of Shops Policy Statement below and fill out the form to submit your application.

Village of Shops Application

Our 2017 Fall Village of Shop Participants:

  • Aiken Steeplechase Merchandise
  • Beyond Bijoux
  • Cedars of Lebanon
  • Flannigan’s Ice Cream
  • Howell Printing
  • Jewelry by Spencer
  • Lilee’s Picks
  • Pipe Dreams
  • The Princess and the Pearl
  • Walkabout Hats
  • What Can I Say

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
  • Child Advocacy Center of Aiken County
  • Children’s Place
  • Diann Shaddox Foundation
  • Equine Rescue of Aiken
  • Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS)
  • Great Oak Aiken Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Silver Bluff Center and Sanctuary
  • Special Olympics
  • South Carolina Department of Agriculture
  • Tri-Development Center