COLUMBUS, Ga., May 13 Aflac announced today that it hassigned a two-year agreement as title sponsor of the Aflac Outdoor Games. Theinaugural three-day event is scheduled for June 27 - 29, 2008 at the SouthCommons Softball Complex in Columbus, GA. Aflac Outdoor Games will include avariety of unique outdoor sports and activities including the STIHL(R)TIMBERSPORTS(R) Series which will be nationally televised on ESPN2 and ESPNU.
"We are excited about Aflac's title sponsorship of the Outdoor Games,"said Paul Amos II, president and chief operating officer, Aflac U.S. "Theevent will help showcase Columbus to a national audience while providingfamilies an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and witness some excitingsports entertainment."
Aflac Outdoor Games is a combination of several events including theCollegiate and Professional Championships of the STIHL(R) TIMBERSPORTS(R)Series, a competition consisting of eight competitive events that challengecompetitors in the arenas of strength, endurance, stamina, tool skill andagility.
Aflac Outdoor Games has partnered with STIHL(R) to bring the STIHL(R)TIMBERSPORTS(R) Series to Columbus in 2008 and 2009. The events include HotSaw, Stock Saw, Underhand Chop, Standing Chop, Single Buck Saw, Speed Climb,Springboard and the Boom Run. In addition to the STIHL(R) TIMBERSPORTS(R)Series, the Aflac Outdoor Games will be host to national and local barbequecooking contests as well as sporting competitions for dogs. The 2008 Pig Bowlevent will be officially endorsed by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, anorganization that has sanctioned almost 300 barbeque contests throughout theUnited States. The dog competitions will include champion Agility Dogdemonstrations, and a "DockDogs" event in which canines leap from a platformacross a pool of water. Both the barbeque contest and DockDogs will have opencompetitions for local residents.
"This is a great opportunity for Columbus to have such a world-class eventcome to the area," said Warner Neal, president for Outdoor Events. "With anational television audience, there will be a great amount of exposure. Thisis a terrific opportunity not only for Columbus, but for the surroundingcommunity."
Advance tickets per day are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12.Admission is free for children under 5 years of age. Passes, family andmulti-day packages, and military rates are available.
To order tickets or for more information on the events, includingregistering for the amateur division of the barbecue competition or toregister dogs for the Dock Dogs competition, please visitAflacoutdoorgames.com .
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