Dogwood Classic Steeplechase Racing & Tailgate Event Announces Tailgate Competition

April 1, 2013

(NEW KENT, VA) — The inaugural running of the April 6th Dogwood Classic at Colonial Downs will offer tailgaters a chance to win prizes based on how creative they can get with the event theme, “The Wild Wild West.”

There are five different categories that attendees can participate in, headlined by the “Best Tailgate Party” (based on the theme) competition. Judging will be conducted by Dogwood Classic “Master of Ceremonies” Jack Lauterback of 103.7 The River, and 7 members of the Richmond Lady Raiders Dance Squad. The top three tailgates will be awarded prizes.

The other categories include Best Dressed (male & female), Best Dressed (based on theme – male & female), Best Ladies Hat & Best Boots.

Tailgate areas open at 9 AM and the first steeplechase horse race begins at 1:00 PM. Contest judging will take place between 12 Noon – 2 PM and winners will be announced after the 4th race at 3:30 PM.

There are three Dogwood Classic ticket options available. Reserved vehicle tailgate spaces along the rail are on sale at There is also a general vehicle tailgate area outside the first turn where cars enter on a first come first serve basis. General parking passes, that allow vehicles access to the main Colonial Downs paved parking lot, can also be purchased. All three options include Dogwood Classic admission for all passengers.

For more information, call 804-966-7223, ext .1073,  visit or