GENESEO — According to event officials, “The Genesee Valley Hunt Races began about the time the first basketball game was played, the toothpaste tube was invented, and Coca-Cola became a bottled drink.”
The Genesee Valley Hunt Races celebrates its 120th-annual event, promoting the sport of fox hunting, helping preserve and care for wildlife, and conserving open spaces.
“It’s a fun and affordable day in the country for families,” said Jan Barrett, Administrator for the Genesee Valley Hunt Races.
According to Barrett, the Genesee Valley Hunt Races is the only event in New York State where spectators can watch timber steeplechase racing.
“We have two steeplechase races and they are the oldest steeplechase races in the country,” said Barrett.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their dogs to participate in the many canine-related events.
According to Barrett, Noah Pereira, 17, from Brockport High School, won the Junior Iditarod in Alaska last year and will be bringing his sled dogs to the races.
“The whole atmosphere is in this beautiful field in Genesee Valley,” said Barrett. “It’s a nice country festival.”
The Genesee Valley Hunt Races takes place this Saturday, October 12 at Nations Road in Geneseo. The festivities will commence at 10:00 a.m. and run until 4:30 p.m.
Tickets are available for pre-sale at Wegmans for $10.00, $15.00 at the gate the day of the races, and children twelve and under are free.
The Genesee Valley Hunt Races’ profits will go to Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong as well as the Geneseo Rotary Club.
For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit www.geneseevalleyhunt.org.