Race Day Agenda

Event Schedule and Raffle Info

Learn more about this year's event. You can review the 2022 Royal Agenda to get a Taste of the 'Chase!

Download '22 Royal Agenda

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 yellow and white souvenir tents.
  • Register for the 25th Annual Queen’s Cup 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 the net revenue goes to the 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 one of the most popular food trucks in the Charlotte area,  OooWeeBBQ.  Look over their 2022 Queen’s Cup menu.

10:00 am to about 3:30 pm

Pony Rides (for kids)

The Mecklenburg Hounds Pony Rides continue the tradition of kids enjoying their day at the Queen’s Cup. Bring the little ones to the races and let them enjoy a ride on a pony. Hosted by the Mecklenburg Hounds, Inc. Only $5.00 a ride!


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Corgi Races?

FIRST TIME EVER! Join the Charlote Corgi Club in the Infield to watch the corgis race!  They’re located below the Croup parking area. DETAILS FORTH COMING! The deadline for entries TBD. PLEASE NOTE: Those Corgis not registered in advance to compete, dog owners should not bring their dogs and/or pets to the race grounds.




11:45 AM & 12:30 pm

Hat Contest
& Opening Ceremonies

At 11:45 am, judging begins for the Hat Contest.  The contest will be emceed by WSOC anchor, Scott Wickersham.  Prizes will be awarded for hand-decorated hats in these three categories: Men, Women and Children.

Then at 12:30 pm, you can’t miss the Opening Ceremonies that features The Mecklenburg Hounds’ Walking of the Hounds, Color Guard by Brav0 Battery, 1st Battalion, 113th Field Artillery, Grandfather Mountain Highlanders Pipe Band, an Invocation and The National Anthem.



Tailgate Contest

Judging of the 26th Annual Queen’s Cup  Tailgate Contest. Prizes will be awarded in four categories this year:  Most Elegant, Most Whimsical and Most Creative, Pick a category, get those creative juices flowing, and plan to win!

Judging takes place from 12:oopm to 1:00pm on Race Day; winners are announced at approximately 2:15pm.

Download your entry form here and bring it to the Infield Souvenir Tent in Brooklandwood Village no later than 11:30am the day of the race. 

2022 Tailgate Contest Entry Form

Please note: Times of races are approximate and subject to change without notice.

1:30 PM - 1st Race

The Houpaugh Grading Ratings Handicap Hurdle

The HOOPAUGH GRADING $25,000 Ratings Handicap Hurdle. 115 and lower. 2 1/4 miles over the SafTfence hurdles. Run in Memory of Thomas M. Mosca, Sr.

2:05 PM - 2nd Race

The Brown Advisory King George III Maiden Hurdle

The BROWN ADVISORY $30,000 King George III Maiden Hurdle. 2 1/8 mile over the SafTfence hurdles. 

2:40 PM - 3rd Race

Feature Race
Queen's Cup MPC 'Chase, Presented by SONITROL

THE $50,000 QUEEN’S CUP MPC ‘CHASE. A Sport of Kings Novice Hurdle Stakes, 2 3/8  miles over SafTfence hurdles. Presented by SONITROL SECURITY run in memory of W. James Price, IV and Marjorie B. Price. 

3:15 PM - 4th Race

The Novant Health Maiden Claiming Hurdle

The NOVANT HEALTH  $20,000 Maiden Claiming Hurdle. Two miles over the SafTfence hurdles. 


4:00 PM - 5th Race

The EASYFIX EQUINE Future Champions Turf Race

The EasyFix Equine Future Champions Flat Race going One Mile and 1/4 miles on the turf, the same distance of the KY Derby on the dirt.

EasyFix Equine by SafTfence


Approximate time 3:35-3:50 PM Race Day

The QUEEN'S CUP Alzheimer's "WIN-PLACE-SHOW" Raffle Drawing

Support the Alzheimer’s Association by purchasing a 2023 Queen’s Cup Raffle ticket!  100% of the net proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Association.  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. Better yet…why not do both? Raffle Tickets are only $20 each for a chance to win $10,000 in cash!

Only one winner per raffle item.  See raffle ticket for more prize details and restrictions. 

Buy Tickets

After the Last Race

The 26th Annual Hot Walk Party

The  Hot  Walk  Party, sponsored by MERRILL. All Patrons are invited to the Clubhouse (the big tent on Member’s Hill) to finish off our Silver Jubilee celebration with 2 hours of live non-stop music by THE KINGDADDY BAND. Cash Bar and free hors d’oeuvres compliments of QC CATERING. No Cover Charge! Please note: Attendees of the Hot Walk Party are not permitted to bring food, drinks or coolers to the Hot Walk Party. 


7:00 PM

Gates Close

Plan to join us next year as we celebrate our 27th Anniversary, Saturday, April 27th, 2024. Always the last Saturday in April!

The 25th Annual Queen's Cup Contests

  • The Queen’s Cup Win-Place-Show Alzheimer’s Raffle

    Take a chance at winning a grand prize WIN of $10,000, $1,000 for the PLACE and $100 for the SHOW, all while supporting our charity partner, The Alzheimer’s Association, by purchasing one or more raffle tickets!  Only $20 per raffle ticket! You may pre-purchase using our online store or buy tickets Race Day.  You do not have to be present to win!

    Only one winner per raffle item.  See raffle ticket for more prize details and restrictions. Buy Raffle Tickets

  • The 26th Annual Queen’s Cup Hat Contest

    • Contestants must register in the infield behind the Parade Ring between 10:00 am to 11:30 am day of race.
    • Hat Contest begins promptly at 11:45 am, and will be emceed by WSOC anchor, Scott Wickersham.
    • This year for our Silver Jubilee prizes will be awarded in four categories.  Hats must be hand decorated to be eligible to win in the Men’s, Women’s, & Children’s catagories.  But in our new category–Most Royal, the hats can be store bought!  Plan now to don the most fabulous hat ever!
  • The 26th Annual Queen’s Cup Tailgate Contest

    Prizes will be awarded in four categories: Silver Jubilee themed, Most Elegant, Most Creative, and Most Whimsical. Download your entry form here and bring it to the Infield Souvenir Tent in Brooklandwood Village no later than 11:30 am day of race.

    Judging takes place from 12 noon – 1:00 pm day of race. Winners will be announced at 2:15pm. The judge’s decision is final.

    Download Entry:  2023 Tailgate Contest Form