Time to dig out the fancy hats!
On Sunday, July 25 the first Hats, Horses & Brunch Day at The Horses At Evergreen Park is planed for J.D.A. Raceway.
And when you're wearing a fancy hat it's always good if you can enjoy a fancy meal with it. And that's just what the chefs at Evergreen are cooking up.
There will be a benedict station, beef station, breakfast station, prawn station and a pastry station on that day. Starts at 10:30 a.m. and goes to 12:30 p.m. Everyone who purchases a brunch ticket will have their name put into a draw for a $250 gift card at Marlin Travel.
Cost is $29 for adults, $27 for seniors and $15 for children 12 and under. You can view the menu and order online here or purchase tickets at the races in the MNP Concourse or from the receptionist at the TARA Centre at Evergreen Park during business hours.
The day is all part of a Stay, Play and Fly Away promotion being put on by the Evergreen Park Campground (McGoverns).
The campground has teamed up with 2Day Radio, which will be doing contests over the next two weeks with prizes including more travel vouchers at Marlin Travel, free brunches and gift cards at the Wild Horse Casino and lounge as well as free camping at the campground.
Visitors can stay in the campground (click here to reserve a spot), play and enjoy the brunch and races and, if you're lucky, fly away with a $250 gift card from Marlin Travel through the radio promotion.
The person chosen as best dressed at Hats, Horses & Brunch will receive a $250 Marlin Travel gift card.
Foster's Agri-World, the VIP Experience sponsor for the day, is also providing some prizing.
The Horses At Evergreen Park go Saturdays and Sundays with a 1:15 p.m. post time. There were to be races Friday, July 23 and 30, but those have been cancelled.
Feature events in August include Bacon Fest on Sunday the 8th; the GPRTA Stakes and Dino Derby on Sunday, August 22 and Mr. Mike's Paint The Park Purple - Race For The Cure on Sunday, August 29 to wrap up the season.
There is no admission fee to watch the races. There is a beverage tent available on lots of room for social distancing and two smoking areas. The MNP Pony Express Mobile Concession is located at the north end of the grandstand.
Wild Horse Casino & Lounge (10 a.m. - a.m.) and the Pines Family Restaurant (10 a.m. - 8 p.m.) are part of the racing complex, which also includes the MNP Concourse where betting stations are located.
Fans have the option of betting in person at the betting stations or doing so online through HPIBet or ExpressBet.
Holloway Lodging Corporation is now the preferred hospitality provider for Evergreen Park.
Holloway and Evergreen Park signed an agreement recently that will begin, what both feel, will be a great partnership moving forward.
“Evergreen Park is excited to announce its partnership with Holloway Lodging Corp, as its preferred hotel (hospitality) provider,” said Evergreen Park General Manager Dan Gorman. “Holloway Lodging Corp has four very well-known and respected Grande Prairie hotel properties that will serve well the many visitors who attend Evergreen Park’s year-round events and activities.”
Evergreen Park visitors are being encouraged to stay at one of the four Holloway Lodging Corporation facilities in Grande Prairie – Holiday Inn & Suites, Best Western Hotel & Suites, Quality Inn & Suites and Super 8.
“Holloway Lodging Corp is extremely pleased with our long-term relationship with Evergreen Park,” said Holloway Chief Operating Officer Felix Seiler. “Our partnership with this great all-year round facility fits us perfectly and we look forward to be the preferred hospitality provider.
“Our four Grande Prairie hotels are well known for their service and great staff and we welcome all visitors to the many events and functions at Evergreen Park.”
Guests that stay at one of the four hotels will receive a discount at the Wild Horse Casino & Lounge and Pines Family Restaurant when they visit the Park.
Evergreen Park will also serve as the meeting and events venue for the Holloway hotels if their facilities are booked or not able to handle larger events that could be facilitated in the TARA Centre or other Evergreen Park buildings.
Holloway and the Park will be creating various Stay & Play promotions with the idea that visitors stay at Holloway hotels and come out to the Park to play – whether it be to watch horse racing; take a spin on the slots in the casino; hike on the Evergreen Ridge trails; take part in a baseball or archery tournament; compete in horse events through gymkhana and the local horse club; try out the community disc golf course; or take in an outdoor movie at Grande Sunset Theatre.
Anyone taking part in an event at the Park will be offered a discount at all four hotels.
Holloway Lodging Corporation is a Canadian-owned hotel company specializing in operating select and limited service hotels in secondary, tertiary and suburban markets across Canada.
Evergreen Park, under the umbrella of the Grande Prairie Regional Agricultural & Exhibition Society, is a registered charitable non-profit. The Ag Society has been a part of the Grande Prairie landscape since 1911.
The Horses at Evergreen Park goes weekends July 11 to August 29.
The go Saturdays and Sundays with a post time of 1:15 p.m. (and Friday, July 23 and 30th at 5:15 p.m.).
Admission is free and children are welcome. The stadium holds almost 3,000 people so those concerned about social distancing will have lots of space to do that.
All Alberta Health Safety rules will be in place and could change as the season progresses.
There is a concession and a beverage tent and the Wild Horse Casino & Lounge and Pines Family Restaurant will be open during all race days.
The Grande Prairie Disc Golf Club is hosting the provincials, presented by Playfair Promo and Athletics, August 14-15 and one of the three courses they will be using for the Alberta championship is Evergreen Park.
There will be three rounds on two of three courses, a skills competition, mini games and prizes.
Registration opens May 1. For more information visit the GP Disc Golf Club website at https://www.gpdiscgolf.ca/alberta-provincals
The Horses At Evergreen Park Stakes Schedule and the Stall Application form for 2021 have been released by Racing Manager Pat Hill.
Racing kicks off on July 10 and some of the feature races over the summer are the Grande Prairie Sprint, ACTRA Alberta Bred Stakes, GP Distance, John Deere Juvenile Challenge, Adequan Distaff, GP Distaff, Marathon Series, Spring Series, Sales Stakes Futurity, Grande Prairie Regional Tourism Association Stakes and the Mr. Mike's Steakhouse Paint The Park Purple Stakes.
JDA Raceway at Gordon Badger Stadium will be hosting 18 race days in 2021- three more than in 2020. Racing will be held on two Fridays (July 23 and 30), eight Saturdays and eight Sundays. Post time Fridays is 5:15 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 1:15 p.m.
Racing fans are asked to check the news in regards to attendance restrictions for outdoor events as those numbers could change as the summer racing season approaches. For the complete summer racing schedule click here.
There will not be a Foster's Peace Country Classic Agri-Show in 2021.
The 36th edition that was set for March 11 to 13 has been cancelled.
Evergreen Park general manager Dan Gorman says this is because of COVID-19.
“There’s just too much going on, still too many cases and too many restrictions, understandably so, that would really preclude us from having a significant crowd come in and also make it difficult for a lot of our vendors to come up from down south and other areas.”
He adds at this time, there is nothing planned to take its place.
“We’ll play that by ear. If any real, real small things come in, then we’ll look at that. There is still a possibility that the bull sale might go ahead in the Lewis Hawkes (Pavilion), but we’ll know about that as we get closer.”
Gorman adds planning is already underway for the 2022 edition.
The 2020 edition was cancelled after Day 1 because of the unfolding pandemic.
- by Curtis Galbraith, Everything GP
Grande Prairie’s Nellie Pigeau was the busiest trainer at The Horses At Evergreen Park at JDA Raceway this summer.
She was also the winningest.
Fifty-one times Pigeau watched horses she trains leave the gates and 13 times they won; 12 times they finished second; and 10 times they ended up third. That means 69% of the time they were a win, place or show and 25% of her starts were victories. CLICK HER FOR COMPLETE STORY
There were lots of happy people at JDA Raceway at Evergreen Park on the weekend, but likely none more delighted than Don Danard, Don Knight and Chuck Stojan.
Those three were the winners of the biggest races on Days 11 and 12 of the 14-day season of The Horses At Evergreen Park. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE