Horse races start on Aug. 16

The White Pine County Horse Races will run from Aug. 16-17 starting at 1 p.m. both days out at the race track near the softball fields. Race Manager Bob Bartlett said this year’s races include teams from all over the Western United States.

“We have racers from Boise, Portland, parts of Colorado, even from as far away as Tucson,” Bartlett said.

The races are one of the county’s biggest events of the year, averaging an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 people on their first day according to Bartlett. The event, which is put on entirely by volunteers, took nearly 4,500 man hours to get ready this year.

“What people might not know is all the hard work that goes into putting this event on,” the race manager said. “We have a lot of great volunteers that make this possible and I just want to thank all of them and all of our sponsors for getting this year’s races ready for the weekend.”

The races have become a staple of August in White Pine County, with the first one dating back to 1937. Bartlett said while there were a fews years that the races weren’t held, the event is still one of the longest running in the county.

Admission to the horse races will be $5, though children under the age of 12 will get in free. Betting on horses will be permitted at the track on both days.

“It will be great fun for the whole family so come out and support the county and have a good time,” Bartlett said.

For any questions about the White Pine County Horse Races, contact Bartlett at 775-293-0106.

 

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