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FIRST EVER GEORGIA-LINA FAMILY FUN TRUCK PARADE

MORRIS EMPLOYEES HELP OUT WITH FAMILY FUN PARADE

Several employees of Morris Communications’ home base in Augusta, Ga., volunteered in January to help launch the first Georgia-Lina Family Fun Truck Parade held as part of the 38th annual Augusta Futurity.

The largest cutting horse event east of the Mississippi River this year offered a total purse of $348,234 plus an additional $37,300 in Stallion Stakes Incentive money with the 394 entries coming from 20 states as well as Canada and The Netherlands.

The truck parade drew more than 100 entries its inaugural year with a variety of vehicles including jeeps, pick-ups and antique trucks.

It began at The Hippodrome horse center in North Augusta, S.C., (hence the “Lina” part) and wound its way across the Savannah River into downtown Augusta before concluding at James Brown Arena where the futurity was held.

Due to the quick planning of the event, the long procession mystified many motorists and pedestrians in Augusta and North Augusta who didn’t know what was happening.

They especially were startled and amazed by the addition of rodeo shows entertainer John Payne, known as the One Arm Bandit, who rode the entire route sitting on top of his mule, Moe, with them on top of his long trailer while Payne cracked a whip.

“We want this to turn into an annual event that will grow each year,” said Futurity Show Manager Sherry Fulmer.