Arnold Sports Fest: What not to miss

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The Arnold Sports Festival will again overtake Columbus for four days, though seeing everything that happens during this annual athletic adventure would likely take you about four years.

It'd be the spectator equivalent of entering the strongman competition.

To help you avoid utter exhaustion, here are some sights not to sleep on. Unless a different price is listed, events are included with your $15 daily admission to the Arnold Fitness Expo, the expansive 700-booth showcase running Friday through Sunday.

Professional Boxing Championships

7 p.m. Thursday

Greater Columbus Convention Center

Boxing's been an Arnold staple for years - but not a pro event until this weekend. Tickets to the six-fight night start at $10.

Amateur Strongman C ompetition

8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday

Greater Columbus Convention Center

"Amateur" is a relative term in this annual favorite. Dudes can still do things like carry a 950-pound yoke for 80 feet.

Art at the Arnold

8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

Greater Columbus Convention Center

During this daylong studio session, painters and illustrators will capture the beauty and power of festival athletes for a juried art show.

Armwrestling Challenge

9-10 a.m. Saturday

Greater Columbus Convention Center

Hand-to-hand combat in its purest form takes center stage during the finals of this tournament of stamina and strength.

Table Tennis Challen ge

9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday

Greater Columbus Convention Center

A game that seemed so simple in your parents' basement soars to a new level during a full day of open tournaments.

Arnold Classic

7 p.m. Saturday

Veterans Memorial

Lean, mean, very-tan muscle machines flex and strut during the finals of bodybuilding's biggest bash. Tickets start at $50.

Fencing Classic

7 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

Greater Columbus Convention Center

The weekend's final fencing installment will feature youth and open competitions, as well as introductory clinics from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Gymnastics Challenge

7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday

Greater Columbus Convention Center

An entire day on parallel bars, rings, vaults and mats concludes with men's and women's finals at 2:30 p.m.

USA Jump Rope All-Star Team

11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday

Greater Columbus Convention Center

Double Dutch - and then some - will be on display during a demonstration by this incredibly acrobatic group.

Arnold Sports Festival

Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6

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Venues

Greater Columbus Convention Center

400 N. High St., Arena District

614-827-2500

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Arena Grand

175 W. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District

614-469-5000

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Veterans Memorial

300 W. Broad St., Franklinton

614-221-4341

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