This week's fun includes monster trucks, a lip sync challenge, live comedy, reptiles too

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What's ahead this week? Take friends and family to see a couple shows of monstrous fun with huge trucks doing high-flying tricks and turns. Or attend a karaoke-style musical fundraiser to benefit domestic violence survivors. What about a chance to be featured on the debut album of an up-and-coming comedian who's been featured on SiriusXM and Prime Video? And don't forget the Show Me reptile show. Here are more details on these and other unique activities coming to the Augusta-area:

Monster Truck Nitro Tour

The Monster Truck Nitro Tour returns to James Brown Arena in Augusta for two performances on Jan. 29.
The Monster Truck Nitro Tour returns to James Brown Arena in Augusta for two performances on Jan. 29.

The Monster Truck Nitro Tour is stopping at the James Brown Arena in downtown Augusta on Saturday. There will be two shows: one at 1:30 p.m. and another at 7:30. The 10,000-pound trucks will free-style as well as compete in racing and wheelies. Guests can also meet the drivers and see the trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit Party. Tickets can be bought at the arena's box office and online at aectix.com.

6th Annual Fake It to Make It

The Fake It to Make It lip sync competition will benefit SafeHomes Domestic Violence Center, which provides support, programs and emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors.
The Fake It to Make It lip sync competition will benefit SafeHomes Domestic Violence Center, which provides support, programs and emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors.

The Fake It to Make It lip sync competition is back for its sixth year at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at the Columbia County Performing Arts Center near Evans Towne Center Park. Five teams – made up of finalists from prior shows – will compete to become the lip sync champion. The proceeds go to SafeHomes Domestic Violence Center, which provides support, programs and emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors. For more information and to buy tickets, go to thecenterofcc.com/fake-it-to-make-it.

Billy Anderson comedy show

Billy Anderson's stand-up comedy album "America's Sweetheart (Explicit)."
Billy Anderson's stand-up comedy album "America's Sweetheart (Explicit)."

Local stand-up comedian Billy Anderson, who has toured nationally and been featured on several TV and radio shows, will be performing at Le Chat Noir on Eighth Street Thursday through Saturday. Anderson's comedy covers a wide spectrum from jokes about home to the differences in southern accents. Over the weekend's shows, he will be recording his debut album "America's Sweetheart (Explicit)" with another comedian, Mike Masilotti. For tickets, go to lcnaugusta.com.

Georgia Bridal Show

The Georgia Bridal Show will headline Augusta's Bell Auditorium on Telfair Street from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday. Happy couples will be able to meet with wedding professionals, listen to deejays' music, check out tuxedos and gowns, taste wedding cakes and more. At 3 p.m., guests can enjoy a bridal fashion show to check out the latest looks. For ticketing information, go to georgiabridalshow.com.

Voices of the Past

The Augusta Museum of History on Reynolds Street is hosting another Voices of the Past event on Saturday. These events are free with museum admission and feature a live portrayal of a historical figure.

This week, the museum will feature the "Petersburg Boat Captain," which is based on oral histories from resident 'Buck' Balchin of Elberton, Georgia, about his grandfather, James Henry Balchin, who, from the mid-19th century until 1900, crewed and piloted cotton boats from Petersburg to Augusta.

For more detailed information on the day's schedule, check out the museum's Facebook page.

Show Me Reptile and Exotics Show

Another exhibit of Show Me Reptile and Exotics returns Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 29-30, at Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown. Guests will be able to watch and even purchase a menagerie of snakes, lizards, arachnids and other animals as well as the accessories to care for them. The exhibits are open from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. both days with early admission for VIP tickets. For more information, go to showmesnakes.com.

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