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.
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, 2017.
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!
Vineyard Vines Hat Contest
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.
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, Invocation and National Anthem performed by Maddie Huecker.
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!
A full line up will be posted March 2017.
1:30 PM - 1st Race
The Brown Advisory King George III
$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.
2:05 PM - 2nd Race
Charlotte Business Journal Ratings
$25,000 Charlotte Business Journal Ratings Handicap Hurdle, 2 1/4 miles.
2:40 PM - 3rd Race
Feature - Queen's Cup MPC 'Chase
$75,000 Novice Hurdle Stakes presented by SONITROL, Run in memory of Molly Parker Crosland. Trophy presentation by WINDSOR JEWLERS. 2 3/8 miles.
3:15 PM - 4th Race
$20,000 Timber Allowance, 3 miles.
4:00 PM - 5th Race
The Trugreen Future
1 1/4 mile training flat.
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
Kendall-Jackson Hot Walk Party
All Patrons are invited to the Clubhouse (the big tent on Member’s Hill) to celebrate with live music by KINGDADDY. Cash Bar provided with free hors d’oeuvres compliments of Queen City Catering.
Plan to join us next year as we celebrate our 23rd Anniversary on Saturday, April 28th, 2018. Always the last Saturday in April!