Race Day Details

Event Schedule and Raffle Info

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 the one of the most popular food trucks in the Charlotte area,  OooWeeBBQ.  Look over their menu. After lunch refreshments by King of Pops .

10:00 am to 3:30 pm

Pony Rides (for kids)

 

The 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.

 

 

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Jack Russell Terrier Races

Join the Carolina Jack Russell Terrier Club in the Infield to watch the Jack Russells race!  They’re located 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, 2020. PLEASE NOTE: Those not registered in advance to compete should not bring dogs/pets to the race grounds.

 

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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 we’ve added a new category for our Silver Jubilee–Most Royal! The Most Royal entries can be store bought and do not have to be hand decorated.

 

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

 

Noon

Tailgate Contest

Judging of the 25th Annual Queen’s Cup Silver Jubilee Tailgate Contest. Prizes will be awarded in four categories this year:  Most Elegant, Most Whimsical, Most Creative, and for our Silver Jubilee Best “Silver Jubilee” themed tailgate!  Pick a category, get those creative juices flowing, and plan to win!

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

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

2020 Tailgate Contest Form Official

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

1:30 PM - 1st Race

Maiden Claimer Hurdle

$20,000 Maiden Claiming Hurdle, 2 miles over SafTfence hurdles, in Memory of Thomas M. Mosca, Sr.

2:05 PM - 2nd Race

The King George III
Sport of Kings Hurdle

$30,000 King George III Sport of Kings Maiden Hurdle 2 1/8 mile over SafTfence hurdles, sponsored by Brown Advisory

2:40 PM - 3rd Race

Feature Race
Queen's Cup MPC 'Chase

$75,000 MPC Novice Hurdle Stakes presented by SONITROL SECURITY, Run in memory of W. James Price, IV and Marjorie B. Price. Trophy presentation by PERRY’S DIAMONDS AND ESTATE JEWELRY. 2 3/8 miles run over SafTfence hurdles.

3:15 PM - 4th Race


Steeplethon

$35,000 Ratings Handicap Hurdle sponsored by Novant Health. About 2 miles and 1/8 run over SafTfence hurdles.

 

4:00 PM - 5th Race

THE EASYFIX TRUGREEN STAKES (Steeplethon Stakes)

$30,000 Steeplethon. About 2 3/4 miles over varied fences run over the George A. Strawbridge, Sr. Memorial Timber Course.

3:45 PM

Raffle Drawing

Support the Alzheimer’s Association by purchasing a raffle ticket!  100% of the net proceeds 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.

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

Buy Tickets

After the Last Race

25th Annual Hot Walk Party Presented by Merrill

All Queen’s Cup Patrons are invited to the Clubhouse (the big tent on Member’s Hill) to celebrate a great day of fun and racing 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.

 

7:00 PM

Gates Close

Plan to join us next year as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary on Saturday, April 30th, 2022. Always the last Saturday in April!

The 25th Annual Queen's Cup Contests

  • The Win-Place-Show Silver Jubilee Queen’s Cup Raffle

    Take a chance at winning $25,000 and other cool prizes while supporting our charity partner, Alzheimer’s Association, by purchasing a raffle ticket!  Only $50 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 Tickets

  • The 25th 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 25th 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:  2020 Tailgate Contest Form