Tailgating & Activities

Tailgating Contest
Tailgating at the Virginia Gold Cup races is a time honored tradition so make the most of the day and participate in the Tailgate Contest. The best tailgates have a theme, decorations and special food and drinks recipes. Reserved tailgating spots are available on the Member’s Hill, North Rail and South Rail.

When you reserve a tailgate spot you are eligible to enter the tailgate competition – and it is free! Tailgates are judged by a panel of local food and TV personalities.

If you have reserved a tailgate spot and would like to enter the competition, send your name, contact information, and tailgate spot number to info@bendurepr.com by 5pm on Thursday, October 17, 2019. Past prizes have included dinners and hotel stays, airline tickets and gift baskets.

Official drink: The Mint Julep - click here for the recipe

Hat Contest
Once again, we will be holding our popular hat contest on Race Day.

Categories Judged include:
1. Best Racing Theme
2. Funniest/Most Outrageous
3. Most Glamorous/Elegant
4. Best Child (under 18)
5. Best Men’s Showing

Entering the contest is easy. If your party is on Members Hill come to the Winner’s Circle in front of the Steward Stand at 2:15pm and pickup your entry number. The contest will start at 2:30pm. If you party is located in either the North or South areas of the course meet at the Entrance Gate to Members Hill at 2:00pm. Look for the sign that says “Hat Contest” and join the parade to the Winner’s Circle.


Race Sponsors

HBPA VTA Virginia Equine Alliance