4th Annual Fall Harvest Festival Celebrates Harness Racing And Agriculture at Empire City Casino at Yonkers
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 presentations
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.