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'Idol's' Archuleta to perform at New Albany Classic

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The New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix has once again secured a big-name entertainer.

"American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta is scheduled to headline the entertainment for the 13th annual equestrian fundraiser on Sept. 26.

Karl Koon, event director, said Tween Brands of New Albany underwrites the concert and provides sponsorship for the event.

"We're honestly blessed with the amazing relationship we have with Tween Brands," Koon said.

The 19-year-old Archuleta finished second during the seventh season of "American Idol" and is close to releasing his second album, "Other Side of Down." Past performers at the classic include Jordin Sparks, Mitchel Musso, Demi Lovato, Jordan Pruitt, the Jonas Brothers, Truth Squad and Hi-5.

"Now more than ever, families are seeking ways to have fun without spending a lot of money," said Abigail Wexner, founder of the event. "The classic is a day for families to have fun without spending a lot of money."

Koon said Wexner created the Classic in 1998 as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence, which she founded in the same year.

The event features activities for families, including carnival rides, games, the Tween Brands concert and an internationally sanctioned invitational horse-jumping event with 30 professional riders from North America and Europe. The classic is held on Wexner's estate in New Albany at 1 Classic Drive, off Kitzmiller Road.

Gates open at 10 a.m. The concert is slated to begin at 11 a.m. and the equestrian events are scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Admission for adults is $15. Children 12 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult. Those tickets must be obtained when purchasing adult tickets.

"It's a family friendly, cost inclusive experience," Koon said.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. After Aug. 2, tickets will be available at Easton Town Center's guest services desk; Equus Now!, 8956 Cotter St., Lewis Center; and New Albany Realty, 220 Market St., New Albany.

Though the event attracts several young families and children interested in the concert and carnival rides, as well as a host of horse enthusiasts, the New Albany Classic Invitational Grand Prix has not strayed far from its goal of raising money for the Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence.

Now in its 13th year, the event has raised more than $15-million for the coalition, championing causes to help prevent future family violence.

The Columbus Coalition Against Family Violence looks at systemic change and provides services and training in the areas of health care, business, education, legal systems, the business and faith communities and victim services, according to its website.

For more information, visit www.thenewalbanyclassic.com.

lwince@thisweeknews.com

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