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Augusta Farm Plans to Become Rodeo Venue

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A horse farm near Raphine is making a bid to become Augusta County's newest venue for agritourism. Thursday afternoon, owners got the green light to host bull riding and rodeo shows.

The farm, Old Grey Mare's Acres, believes it can draw western show fans down its quiet two-lane road in southern Augusta. Thursday's public hearing on the plan drew virtually no opposition.

Members of the Augusta County Board of Zoning Appeals toured the 58-acre farm and said they were impressed with its indoor arena.

The 18,000-square-foot venue can accommodate bull riding, barrel racing, dog competitions and horse shows. The zoning board approved the farm to host as many as 24 shows a year, each with an audience of up to 200 people.

"It's one of the only indoor arenas around this area, so it's a good way to promote good family fun," said Mary Scott, owner of Old Grey Mare's Acres.

None of the horse farm's neighbors turned out at Thursday's hearing, but one Greenville resident expressed some concerns about amplified noise, so the shows will have to wrap up by 10:30 p.m.

Scott says she could host her first show by January. She submitted plans to the county for parking, lighting, concessions and restrooms to accommodate the crowds.

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