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Calgary Racing Festival Details

Published: May 7, 2017 10:40 am ET

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Century Downs has released details on its first annual Calgary Racing Festival, taking place this August and coinciding with the start of the 2017 World Driving Championship.

The festival, which will run from August 6 - August 12, is intended as a celebration of the horse racing industry, a chance for racing fans and families alike to come together, and an opportunity for newcomers to immerse themselves in the sport.

AUGUST 6: INDUSTRY DAY

Ever wondered what the life of a horseman, groom and trainer is like, or how horses prepare for the races? This is your chance to find out! Get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes sneak peek before live racing.

Bring friends and family back to the barns for tours, meet and greets with drivers and trainers, and see the horses up close. Attend workshops on how to properly groom a horse, harness equipment, the day-to-day of a horseman’s life, and more.

Afterwards, take your newfound knowledge and head back to the racetrack for an exhilarating day of live racing! Industry representatives will have booths on the Apron with more information on agriculture, charitable initiatives, and other topics about Alberta’s rich history with horse racing.

This event is free to attend — all ages welcome!

AUGUST 7: MID SUMMER CLASSIC

Throw on those fascinators and neckties and come out for a Monday afternoon of high fashion and thrilling races. The Mid Summer Classic is a day that mixes Derby-style attire, stakes races, a “Best Dressed” contest, great food, and live music on the Apron.

AUGUST 8: CHARITY BOWLING TOURNAMENT

Step up to the lane! Century Downs and Century Casino Calgary are hosting a charity bowling tournament for both serious and casual players alike! Support a fantastic cause while getting the opportunity to attend meet-and-greets with special guest players. Prizes and details to be announced.

AUGUST 10: CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT

How’s your swing? Step out on the fairways and take your shot in our Charity Golf Tournament. Take this opportunity to talk industry and play with drivers as you set your eye on a hole-in-one!

Play an 18-hole tournament at the gorgeous Woodside Golf Course in Airdrie, with a 1:00 pm shotgun start. Afterwards, relax in a luxury clubhouse and enjoy a banquet dinner, with opportunities to win prizes and bid in our silent auction. All proceeds will go to the Airdrie Women’s Shelter.

Prices:
Fee: $250 per player / $900 for a team of 4
Golf Club Rentals: $35 per player

Sponsorships:
Interested in sponsorships or donating prizes? The registration package has details on how you can best advertise your company while supporting a fantastic cause.

Registration for the tournament is now open.

AUGUST 11: CHARITY GALA

Join us for an evening of elegance! Enjoy a expertly crafted plated dinner from our Executive Chef, listen to elegant live music, and bid on some great items in a silent auction! Be inspired by an impressive keynote speaker, all while raising money for a great charity: The Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre.

Tickets are $200 per person.

AUGUST 12: WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP

Join us for the first-leg of the World Driving Championship. Watch as Brandon Campbell, representative of Canada, takes on 10 international drivers at Century Downs. Enjoy live music, performances and great food on the Apron!

Come early for an autograph session and meet and greet with all of the drivers, a special parade from ASHA and the opportunity to get a good seat for the races!

Post time is 1:10 p.m.

(with files from Century)


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