Saturday, October 12, 2024

Host a Tailgate Party!


Be part of the Genesee Valley Hunt Races on October 12, 2024

One of the best ways to celebrate a fine Fall day at the races is with a tailgate picnic. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, hobby group, volunteer organization, church group, school class!

Lay out a picnic spread in the back of your SUV, mini-cooper, pick-up – any vehicle works, or even bring a table. Whether your style is grand — linen tablecloths, silver chafing dishes and crystal goblets – or rustic – chips and PB&J – create a personalized tailgate experience that you and your guests will enjoy!


Recipe for hosting a Tailgate Party

  • Reserve an infield or outfield parking spot (ranging from $150 to $350)
  • Pack your vehicle to the legal limit with passengers and goodies
  • Additional guests purchase General Admissions tickets ($15 pre-purchase at or Bank of Castile) and join you at your parking space
  • Eat, Drink, Be Merry!

Purchase Reserved Parking Now


Enter the Tailgate Competition


Parking Patrons are welcome to enter the GVH Races Grand Tailgate Contest.  A $20 entry fee is required (can be paid at time of parking space purchase, or by 10:45 AM at Information tent on race day). ALL entry fees are donated to area food pantries.  

Grand Tailgate winner (best overall) receives rosette & restaurant gift certificate

Additionally, judges will be awarding prizes in the following categories (entrants no longer need to designate category)

  • Best Culinary Experience
  • Best Hunt/Equestrian Theme
  • Best New York State Farm to Tailgate

Guest chefs/celebrities judge the tailgates on their presentation and taste. They award first, second, and third places in each category. First-place winners receive restaurant gift certificates.

Judging promptly starts at 11:00 AM

Entry fee: $20.00
Entries may be submitted on race day at the Information Tent before 10:45 am.
All proceeds from the Tailgate Competition support the Avon & Geneseo/Groveland Emergency Food Pantries.

General Information for Reserved Parking

  • Carry in/Carry out Policy.  Please plan to contain trash from your tailgate picnic and take it with you at the end of the day. 
  • Gold and Silver parking passes include admission for passengers in vehicle (legal capacity) and must be purchased in advance. 
  • The area between the race course snow fence and the white vinyl Gold Parking strip is to be kept open for the general public to view the races. 
  • Bronze parking tickets include admission for passengers in vehicle (legal capacity) and will also be available at Gate 6 on Race Day ($100).  A Bronze pass allows occupancy of ONE vehicle space in the Bronze Parking Area. 
  • In consideration of race viewers, tents or awnings are NOT permitted.  The only exception is Silver parking spaces 201-230, where tents do not block the view of the course.
  • Generators, excessively lound music and over-crowding of reserved spaces is prohibitied.  Please be considerate.
  • Fires (in grills or pits) are prohibited.
  • A 7-foot height limit applies to all rserved spaces.
  • It is a condition of the issuance of tickets that all attendants shall hold the Genesee Valley Hunt Races, its sponsorts, landowners and beneficiaries harmless for any damage, loss, or accident.
  • Races run rain or shine
  • All tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE

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