Classic Returns

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Music lovers, horse enthusiasts, movie fans and dinosaur buffs all will find fun at the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix & Family Day.

The 19th annual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at the Wexner residence, 4584 Reynoldsburg-New Albany Road, New Albany 43054.

In addition to an international show jumping competition featuring Olympic medal winners, the Classic boasts sports activities, inflatables, amusement rides, a petting zoo, hands-on art activities, farm tours and dinosaur and movie exhibits.

The ScareFactory is bringing back the dinosaurs (including the T-rex), and a Magic of Hollywood interactive exhibit will showcase props and costumes from movies such as Batman and Robin, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

This year's Concert at the Classic-a tween favorite-will feature Academy of Country Music New Female Vocalist of the Year Kelsea Ballerini as well as Jacob Whitesides, Plaid Brixx and AJ Lehrman.

Other live entertainment will include Columbus Children's Theatre, BalletMet, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and Caylsta Bevier from America's Got Talent, who will sing the national anthem to kick off the Grand Prix.

Families can help complete an oversized "Art Makes Columbus" mural by local cartoon artist Bryan Moss (a Columbus College of Art & Design alumnus), which will be installed at Easton Town Center.

Tickets are $23 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 4-10. Admission is free for ages 3 and younger. Tickets are not sold at the event. All proceeds benefit the Center for Family Safety and Healing. For more information, go to