Event Schedule

Unbridled Fun for Everyone

10:00 AM

Gates open

There are many exciting and fun things to do right after the gates open that you won’t want to miss!

Put these on your to-do list for the day:

  • Visit the Queen’s Cup Souvenir Tent in Brooklandwood Village in the infield
  • Register for the 22nd Annual Queen’s Cup VINEYARD VINES Hat Contest emceed by WSOC anchor, Scott Wickersham.  Sign up behind the Parade Ring in the infield near the finish line.
  • Purchase Raffle Tickets – 100% of revenue goes to Alzheimer’s Association
  • Enter the Tailgate Contest by 11:30 at the Infield Souvenir Tent
  • Ride the ponies courtesy of the Mecklenburg Hounds (only $5.00 a ride)
  • Tour the Military Display Courtesy of Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 113th Field Artillery
  • Order great food in Brooklandwood Village from the one of the most popular food trucks in the Charlotte area,  OooWeeBBQ.  Look over their menu. After lunch refreshments by King of Pops .

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Jack Russell Terrier Races

Featuring the Carolina Jack Russell Terrier Club in the Infield below the Croup parking area. For details on how to enter your terrier, please go to http://www.cjrtc.com. The deadline for entries is April 15, 2018.

PLEASE NOTE: Those not registered in advance to compete should not bring dogs/pets to the race grounds.


11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Racecourse Jockey Walk

Sponsored by SafTfence. Meet at the finish line and walk the racecourse with a steeplechase jockey while learning the secrets of race riding and the sport of steeplechasing. Kids are encouraged to come along!

SafTfence color

11:45 AM & 12:30 pm

Hat Contest
& Opening Ceremonies

Vineyard Vines

At 11:45 am, judging begins for the VINEYARD VINES Hat Contest. The contest will be emceed by WSOC anchor, Scott Wickersham.  Categories include Men, Women and Children. All hats must be hand decorated.


Then at 12:30 pm, you should not miss the  NOVANT HEALTH Opening Ceremonies featuring the Mecklenburg Hounds’ The Walking of the Hounds, Color Guard by Bravy Battery, 1st Battalion, 113th Field Artillery, Grandfather Mountain Highlanders Pipe Band, an Invocation and The National Anthem performed by 12 year-old Maddie Huecker.


Tailgate Contest

Judging of the 22nd Annual Queen’s Cup Tailgate Contest entries. We’ll award prizes for each of these categories:

  • Most Elegant
  • Most Whimsical
  • Most Creative

Pick a category and plan to enter!

Tailgate Entry Form

Please note: Times of races are approximate

1:30 PM - 1st Race

Brown Advisory King George III
Sport of Kings Hurdle

$30,000 King George III Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle sponsored by Brown Advisory, In Memory of Thomas M. Mosca, Sr., 2 1/8 miles.

Brown Advisory

2:05 PM - 2nd Race

Charlotte Business Journal Ratings
Handicap Hurdle

$25,000 Charlotte Business Journal Ratings Handicap Hurdle, 2 1/4 miles.

Charlotte Business Journal

2:40 PM - 3rd Race

Feature Race - Queen's Cup MPC 'Chase

$75,000 Novice Hurdle Stakes presented by SONITROL SECURITY, Run in memory of Molly Parker Crosland. Trophy presentation by WINDSOR JEWLERS. 2 3/8 miles.


3:15 PM - 4th Race

Timber Allowance

$20,000  Timber Allowance, 3 miles sponsored by SONITROL SECURITY.


4:00 PM - 5th Race

The Trugreen Future
Champions Turf

1 1/4 mile training flat. This is the same distance the Kentucky Derby is run.


3:45 PM

Windsor Jewelers Raffle Drawing

Support our charity by purchasing a raffle ticket!  100% of the proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Association of Western NC.  You may pre-purchase by using our online store or buy tickets on Race Day from one of our roaming raffle sellers or from a souvenir tent.

Tickets are $10.00 each, 3 for $25.00, or 8 for $50.00.  You do not have to be present to win!  Only one winner per raffle item.  See raffle ticket for more prize details and restrictions. 

After Last Race

22nd Annual Hot Walk Party

All Patrons are invited to the Clubhouse (the big tent on Member’s Hill) to celebrate with live music by the Best Dance Band in the Southeast KINGDADDY. No cover, free hors d’oeuvres compliments of Queen City Catering and cash bar.

Kendall-Jackson   dixie-logo_color blue black  CBC Group Merrill Lynch

7:00 PM

Gates Close

Plan to join us next year as we celebrate our 23rd Anniversary on Saturday, April 28th, 2018. Always the last Saturday in April!