The 29th running of the Great American Lobster Race of Aiken is right around the corner.

The Lobster Race, which will take place on May 3, includes more than 100 lobsters racing down a watery track, live music, rides and food vendors.

The event will be from 6 to 11 p.m. on May 3 at the Newberry Street Festival Center.

“We always say it's Aiken's biggest reunion,” said Lobster Race Committee member Kara Flanders. “You are going to see people that you haven't seen since last year, and it goes toward a good cause. Funds raised go to the physically and mentally disabled around the county.”

Proceeds from the event will be donated to Hitchcock Healthcare, Tri-Development Center of Aiken County and The Aiken County Special Olympics.

Flanders said that a few things will be a little different this year. She said the event team is really focusing on making Newberry Street a family area. A disc jockey will offer some age-appropriate music for teenagers to enjoy. A stage for all community and kids' performances will be set up at the end of Newberry Street at Richland Avenue, and the lobster races will be set up at the corner of Park Avenue and Newberry Street.

Other stages for live performances will be in The Alley and around the Bee Lane area.

This year, arm bands for rides will not be for sale but rather tickets, Flanders added.

The first set of races start at 7:30 p.m. and the second set starts at 9 p.m.

Tickets at the gate are $10. Students with a school ID will be admitted for $5. Children 6 and younger will be admitted free.

The 2013 Lobster Race T-shirt is $20 and those wearing one will get in free. Those shirts can be bought at Atlantic Broadband, Hitchcock Healthcare, All-Star Rents, Lionel Smith Ltd. and Screenprint Factory.

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