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Ratboy Jr. to highlight annual Purina Mills Kids Day at HITS-on-the-Hudson

SAUGERTIES, NY (May 13, 2009)—HITS is pleased to announce that the popular local children’s band Ratboy Jr. will be performing during the annual Purina Mills Kids Day on Sunday, June 7 at HITS’ equestrian facility in Saugerties, New York.

Ratboy Jr. is a rocking duo for all ages with Tim Sutton on vocals and Matt Senzatimore on drums and keyboard. They perform energetic, catchy and sometimes improvised tunes. Ratboy Jr. has become known for their humorous banter on stage and catchy, insightful lyrics. They sing songs that get stuck in your head about emus, garbage men and family road trips. This is music for kids who want to rock out and for parents who want to kick it old school on the dance floor.

Earlier this year, Ratboy Jr. was handpicked to be the house band for the Kidtopia series for a local independent radio station in Woodstock, New York and recently made their New York City debut at Bowery Poetry Kids. They are currently filling up their spring and summer calendar with festival bookings, including this year's Mountain Jam Festival, The Clearwater Festival and The Rosendale Street Festival. Timmy and Matty have played with such big kids as The Ramones, Uncle Rock, Pete Seeger, Dog on Fleas, and Bob Dorough (School House Rock). Ratboy Jr. is also making it to the airwaves and has been played on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child, Gooney Bird Kids, WDST and WKZE.

"We are so excited to be part of the Kids Day, this will be our first time at HITS and we can’t wait,” said Sutton, who is a Saugerties native. “We heard there are going to be Olympians there… maybe we can get them to sing about monkeys with us... maybe? We are glad to do our part to help raise money for a great organization like Family of Woodstock, they do such great work. When Matty heard that there's going to be a $125,000 Grand Prix he wanted to enter. I said ‘Matty we are Ratboy Jr., not Horse Race Sr.’!”

“We may not know about horses, but we know how to play some tunes and have a great time,” continued Sutton. “I don’t know who will win the Grand Prix, but I know anyone who comes to listen to us at HITS on Kids Day will feel like a winner. I can’t believe I just said that!" For more information on the band, please visit ratboyjr.com.

“We are very excited to welcome Ratboy Jr. into the fold for this year’s Purina Mills Kids Day,” said Danette Kadlic of the HITS Marketing Team. “We’ve been hearing great things about their performances at Kidtopia and we thought they would be a fabulous addition to the Kids Day schedule of activities. I’ve been listening to their CD for the past several weeks; my daughter Chloe just loves the ‘monkey’ song!”

In addition to the musical performance, Kids Day will be filled with family fun and entertainment, including clowns, a slide, a bounce house, arts & crafts and loads of fun. When Kids Day concludes, spectators are encouraged to watch some of the best competitors in the world compete for the top prize in the $125,000 Purina Mills Grand Prix. Some of the riders expected to compete in the featured class on Sunday, June 7 include two-time United States Gold Medal Winner McLain Ward, and fellow Olympians Nona Garson, Leslie Howard, Chris Kappler and Margie Engle. After the Grand Prix, kids will have a chance to meet the riders up close and personal during a special Grand Prix rider autograph and photo session.

Equestrians love nothing more than to compete before an energized crowd! So, HITS is offering a special $5 lunch coupon to all children who arrive in groups of 10 or more and stay for the Grand Prix on June 7. This is a perfect opportunity for school groups, including clubs, sports teams and community service groups to enjoy a great and inexpensive day out. For more information on the group lunch offer, please contact Chris Mayone at 845.246.8833 or via e-mail at media_info@HitsShows.com.

Purina Mills Kids Day will take place on Sunday, June 7 from 12 pm until 2 pm and admission is just $5 for adults, which is donated to Family of Woodstock, Inc. Children 12 and under and seniors 65 and older are admitted free. Parking for spectators is free and located at gate E, which is directly across from the Kiwanis Ice Rink on Washington Avenue.

The HITS equestrian facility is nestled at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, just one mile outside the village of Saugerties. The facility offers an on-site food service pavilion, and an ice cream parlor featuring an assortment of frozen delights and Starbucks® coffee. The HITS Bar and Grill serves up pizza and cold beer in a spacious air-conditioned lounge. Spectators can grab some lunch and find a grassy spot on the berms while watching some of the world's best show jumping with the entire family right here in the Hudson Valley.

Those interested in the behind the scenes of show jumping can watch the horse show farrier put new shoes on a horse and even tour the stables to see some of the horses and riders up close. And for those who love to shop, HITS does not disappoint. The HITS Saugerties Mall features clothing, tack, fine jewelry, custom footwear, art and photography, and custom HITS souvenirs. For more information on any of the HITS Horse Shows or special events, please call 845.246.8833 or visit http://www.HitsShows.com.

HITS, Inc. is a special events management company primarily focused on producing hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in upstate New York in the village of Saugerties, HITS produced its first horse show circuit in Gainesville, Florida in 1982. Since that time, HITS has grown into a nationwide company with world-class hunter/jumper circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York and Virginia.

For more information and a complete schedule of classes and events, visit http://www.HitsShows.com.

Photo Caption: Popular local children's band Ratboy Jr. is scheduled to perform at the Purina Mills Kids Day, Sunday June 7 at HITS-on-the-Hudson in Saugerties, NY.


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