YONKERS, NY — September 27, 2012 – Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is reprising one of its
much-anticipated nights of the racing season, readying for the fourth annual
Fall Harvest Festival. The Festival, scheduled
for this Saturday, September 29,
from 5:30 to 9:30 PM, offers fun events for the entire
family while again showcasing the thriving relationship between horse racing
and agriculture throughout New York State.
Many of the staples from
Festivals past are included in this season's edition, which takes place on the
track apron. Among the attractions are
face painting, pumpkin painting, a petting zoo and live music, along with the
chance to purchase New York-made wine, cheese, candy and caramel apples, cider,
fudge, peanut butter, beer (with proper ID), a cigar lounge (for Elite Empire
Club members), baked goods and other delicacies. Festival activities will
require tickets. Tickets can be purchased on site at the following
prices: $5 for 5 tickets, $10 for
15 tickets, $15 for 25 tickets, and $20 for 40 tickets.
Since Yonkers Raceway has
the reputation for hosting some of the best harness racing anywhere, the
$400,000 Fall Harvest Series highlights the action on the track. Eight, $50,000
events for New York-bred pacers and trotters, are scheduled; first post 7:10 PM.
Much anticipated, the
annual Legislators' Challenge will featured elected officials from across the
state will battle in non-wagering, however, highly-competitive races. This
season’s Challenge finds 12 legislators competing in three divisions (post time at 5:30, 5:45 & 6 PM). Yonkers
Mayor Mike Spano is going to be on hand to make the winner’s circle
Scheduled to go after
bragging rights are Assembly Members Michael Benedetto (D-Bronx), Mike
Dendekker (D-E. Elmhurst), Shelley Mayer (D-Yonkers), Gary Pretlow (D-Mt.
Vernon), Andrew Raia (R-E. Northport), Phil Ramos (D-Central Islip), Addie
Russell (D-Theresa), Joseph Saladino (R-Massapequa), Eric Stevenson (D-Bronx)
and Keith Wright (D-Manhattan), along with State Senators Jim Alesi (R-E.
Rochester), and Ruth Hassell-Thompson (D-Bronx).
Empire City Casino at
Yonkers Raceway is located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (at Central Avenue) in
Yonkers, New York, Westchester County, (I-87 to Exit 2). Empire City Casino is
open seven days a week from 9:00 AM to 4:00 AM. For more information call
914.968.4200 or log onto www.empirecitycasino.com.