Harnessing the equine expertise of two renowned members of the Professional Horsemen's Association, Caughman Farms advances students of all skill levels in both English and Western riding styles. The content and length of each lesson will depend on the student's individual experience, rate of improvement, and collection of tasseled chaps, but all pupils will learn the basics of horse care, cleaning, and equipment. The mild-mannered canter of a retired juvenile competition horse permits fledgling steed steerers a large margin of error and level of comfort. Two instructors accompany small children to ensure each tyke's safety and feeling of security while instilling the important life lesson that all good things come in stereo. Leaving behind the small, covered beginner area, more advanced equestrians can gallivant around the spacious indoor arena atop a homebred stallion.
An all-female, flat-track roller-derby team, the Columbia QuadSquad Rollergirls aim to defend their state title with a vengeance each night they blaze in eight-wheeled fury through Jamil Temple. In each night's lineup of matches, the Miss B-Havers, CQS's secondary squad, will take the rink first, followed by the Allstars, so named because of their cosmological egalitarianism. During each jam, CQS attempts to send its star-helmeted jammer through the crowd to gain control, where she can score points by lapping opponents. Meanwhile, four blockers assist the jammer's cause by escorting adversaries to a date with linoleum. The hits are real, and referees see to it that they are legal, or else players will be sent to the penalty box where they must endure two minutes of wearing nose plugs made of Vegemite.
The Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival celebrates tomatoes of all colors and shapes with an evening of tomato-themed eating, games, competitions, and entertainment. Bands such as Tom Hall and The Plowboys and Lunch Money soothe the most savage vinefruits with their dulcet tones, and a complimentary tasting table entertains epicureans with samples of heirloom tomatoes. Special skee-ball games allow attendees to hurl commercial tomatoes in a socially acceptable setting, and tomato bobbing puts a tomato-centric twist on America's number-one water-based hobby. Festival judges will settle the Homegrown Tomato Contest by choosing the most appealing tomatoes in six prize categories, including best big red and best unusual tomato. A free screening of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes at 9 p.m. provides an entertaining reminder of the hostility that was once the hallmark of human-tomato relations.
Palmetto Boxing strives to showcase the best boxers and mixed-martial-arts fighters in the world, presenting high-quality fights and top-shelf testosterone. The February event will feature such renowned fighters as undefeated middleweight Chris "The Irish Ghost" Fitzpatrick, welterweight world champion Ayi Bruce, and undefeated mixed-martial-arts fighters Tre Moss and Chris Yandle. Buyers who opt for later matches should pause from daily rounds of rear naked chokes to check the website as lineups and times are announced closer to the date.
Columbia's mobile eateries will converge upon City Roots Farm for The Food Truck Rodeo's first-ever festival of wheeled fare. Taste buds can wrangle a formidable trio of Southern, Latin, and Mediterranean flavors blended at Alfresco Mobilista's or swing by 2 Fat 2 Fly to savor wings stuffed with ingredients—such as mac 'n' cheese or jambalaya—as unexpected as an 11-month year. Festival-goers can tuck mobile mouths into saucy creations from Bone-In Artisan Barbecue on Wheels or devour cushier bites of between-bun eats from Pawleys Front Porch. A cash bar will un-parch throats with Sierra Nevada brews, Jack's Honey Lemonade, and environmentally packaged Bota Box wines, and the Plowboys will entertain crowds with their live bluegrass ditties and spot-on impressions of Christopher Walken's second cousin, Doug.
Craving a burger and fries? Swing in Carolina Ale House and enjoy a tasty meal in a casual setting.
Calories take a backseat at Carolina Ale House, where low-fat anything is barred from the menu.
You'll find a wonderful selection of drinks from Carolina Ale House's full bar to top off your meal.
With its kid-friendly vibe, Carolina Ale House is a great spot for families to chow down.
Carolina Ale House offers an affordable happy hour.
Access the Internet free of charge via Carolina Ale House's complimentary wifi.
Bask in the sun (or moon!) light when you dine on Carolina Ale House's outdoor patio.
It is not uncommon for Carolina Ale House to feature live tunes or a DJ.
Music lovers can enjoy live performances at Carolina Ale House as well.
Carolina Ale House features live DJs that are sure to amp up your evening.
Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Prepare to face the crowds at Carolina Ale House during the week — weekends tend to be slower.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Carolina Ale House to create the perfect night.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Take advantage of the free parking next door to Carolina Ale House.
Affordable food or tasty food? Carolina Ale House doesn't make you choose.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner — Carolina Ale House serves up all three meals.