2018 Race Day Activities

Tentative Race Schedule and Activities

9:00 AM: Gates Open

10:00 AM:

  • Brunch on the Backstretch (Tent Opens at 10:00)
  • Vendor Village Opens

11:00 AM:

  • Chairman’s Pavilion Taste and Toast and Guarantor’s Tent Opens (upper terrace)
  • Registration begins for the Hat Parade and Contest at picnic box section A (categories: Most Beautiful, Most Whimsical, and Best Children’s Hat)
  • Registration begins for the Best Dressed Gentleman Contest at picnic box section A

12:00 PM:

  • Food Furlough and Vineyard Row Open
  • Kids Corral Opens with Stick Horse Decoration Competition, Stick Horse Races, Lasso Competition, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Arts, Crafts, Rock Climbing, Bungee Jumping, Face Painting (must be 12 and under to enter)
  • Shakerag Outriders

12:30 PM:

  • Opening Ceremonies
  • Bagpipers to the Tower
  • Presentation of Colors
  • National Anthem
  • Invocation
  • Race Director’s Welcome
  • Presentation of the Award of Dedication

1:20 PM:  Introduction of Jockeys and Thoroughbreds First Race

1:30 PM:  1st Race

“Best Decorated” Picnic Box Competition Winner Announced

1:50 PM:  Introduction of Jockeys and Thoroughbreds Second Race

2:00 PM:  2nd Race

2:20 PM:  Introduction of Jockeys and Thoroughbreds Third Race

2:30 PM:  3rd Race

“Hat Contests” and “Best Dressed Gentleman” Winners Announced 

2:50 PM:  Introduction of Jockeys and Thoroughbreds Fourth Race

3:00 PM:  4th Race

“Best Decorated” Infield Tailgate Competition Winner Announced

3:20 PM:  Introduction of Jockeys and Thoroughbreds Fifth Race

3:30 PM:  5th Race

3:50 PM:  Closing Ceremony

4:00 PM:  Course Closed

5:00 PM:  Gates Close (only those with Post Party wristbands allowed to remain on property)

5:00-7:00 PM:  Post Race Party and Concert