Dust off those pom-poms, grab those uniforms and unlock your team spirit as you and your family head to Columbia, SC this weekend to cheer on your favorite team in the Ultimate Cheer Federation's (UCF) 'War of the Stars' competition.

For the seventh year, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center hosts the competition from January 11-13, 2013. 'War of the Stars' will bring together thousands of competitive athletes from all over the southeast as they vie for the coveted UCF National Championship Trophy.

Each year, thousands of visitors pour into downtown Columbia to watch their family members and friends compete in this thrilling, three-day cheer extravaganza. Powerhouse tumblers, dancers and more fill the Convention Center in hopes of being named 'War of the Stars' champ.

Started by Randy and Amie Dickey back in 1998, American Cheer Xtreme (ACX), works with all-stars from all over the country as they train to become some of the best tumblers, stunters and dancers around. In addition to training their own competitive all-star teams, ACX works with and choreographs many South Carolina high school cheerleading squads as well as conducts an extensive tumbling class program for children of all ages.  With the addition of their Charleston location, ACX is now the largest cheerleading training organization in South Carolina.

Tickets are $10 for Friday, with the option to buy a two-day pass between 2 pm ' 8pm for $30. Those attending the cheer competition on Saturday and Sunday can buy a one-day pass for $25 or a two-day pass for $35. Children 5 years and under will get in for free. Food concessions will be available throughout the event.

For more information about UCF or American Cheer Xtreme, contact Randy Dickey at 1-866-Go-GoUCF or Scott Powers, Columbia Regional Sports Council executive director, at (803) 545-0004 or by e-mail at spowers@columbiaauthority.com

Looking for things to do or a place to stay while you're here for War of the Stars? Stop by Columbia Regional Visitors Center on the upper level of of the Convention Center during the event, or find Columbia, SC visitor information at columbiacvb.com.

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