Horse are training, food trucks are rolling in, and the band is ready to rock, as Fort Erie Race Track prepares for its 126th season of live racing on May 23.
“For opening day we’ve got a ton of awesome entertainment for race fans, families, and everyone in between,” said James Culic, Fort Erie Race Track’s Marketing Manager. “Not only do we have a full card of exciting horse races, but we’ll have a great selection of food trucks here to fill people’s bellies, and a wicked band ready to hit the stage as soon as the last horse crosses the finish line.”
The Figure Four, voted Niagara’s favourite party band, will hit the stage around 7:30 p.m. once live racing is finished, to kick off the first of seven free concerts being hosted at the track this season.
On Opening Day crowds can enjoy world class thoroughbred racing and receive a free T-shirt with the purchase of a race program. A special children’s T-shirt has been designed this year and is available alongside the adult T-shirt.
The first race is at 4:30 p.m. but race fans can arrive to experience one of of the many food trucks.
Alongside popular longtime favourites like the local fry truck and ice cream truck, Fort Erie Race Track fans can get a towering burger from Carson’s Food Truck, or pork from PigOut Niagara, who will have a full pig roasting on a spit.
Beyond Opening Day, Fort Erie Race Track has a bunch of interesting events to fill out the racing season all summer long. The dog races, a hit with youngsters, return this year with wiener dog races on July 16 and basset hound races on Aug. 13.
On Aug. 8 the track will be bursting with nostalgia as it hosts its first 80s night, where Niagara’s premier retro cover band, Back to the 80s, will transport crowds three decades back in time.
Two other cover bands will be hitting the stage this season, including The Trip and Neo Young, who will be covering The Tragically Hip and Neil Young. Local rockers Howling Horns and Westwind will also be performing, and the best Beatles cover band around, The Caverners, will close out the track’s summer concert series in late August.
For a full list of events, race dates, and everything else you want to know about what’s going on at the Fort Erie Race Track this season, visit www.forterieracing.ca
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