It’s derby season in Virginia and you all know what that means- oversized straw hats, brightly colored bowties, seersucker, and sipping on sweet tea. The most important race on the Virginia calendar will take place July 16.
This is a can’t miss exciting event and is located at Colonial Downs in New Kent County. This is a large event and draws the best turf horses, jockeys and trainers in the nation. This year will include two champion and three Breeders’ Cup winners.
The Virginia Derby Party Zone sponsored by Xfinity offers fun for all ages. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit that will begin around 4pm and will provide the music before the races begin. The races kick off at 5pm; in between races a DJ will spin the latest hits to keep the party going. The Party Zone is an all-inclusive ticket at $30.00 in advance and $35.00 at the gate and will include track admission, program, tip sheet for betting on the horses, barbecue dinner, and 3 beer/wine tickets. If you would like to ensure seats at the reserved table level, you may purchase a group ticket for $200, which is up to 4 people per ticket per table.
If you are looking for something a little bit lower key, Hoot on the Hill is right up your alley. This is more laid back environment with the option to bring in your own food, grills, coolers, alcohol, pop up tents, and any other tail gating supplies. Betting windows and jumbotron will broadcast the races live. The famous Three Sheets to the Wind will be rocking out yacht style at the races entertaining the crowd. Tickets are $10 in advance and $20 at the gate.
Gates open at 3pm for both party locations, with music beginning at 4pm, and the races beginning at 5pm. The Virginia tradition is not one to miss, be sure ladies to have your best hat ready, and men have those kakis pressed and ready to go.
For More Information: http://www.colonialdowns.com/grandslam/vaderby.php
See you soon,
~Paula and Martin Ramirez
Paula and Martin Ramirez are the proprietors of Historic Mankin Mansion, a wedding resort and bed and breakfast just minutes from Downtown Richmond. They enjoy new restaurant finds, Virginia wines and discovering fun events and activities throughout the area for their guests
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