Opening weekend offers fireworks following racing

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino will celebrate the first weekend of racing with a bang Saturday, May 10. At the conclusion of the racing program, fans will be treated to a fireworks show that will cap off a great night of entertainment.

The first race goes to post at 5:05 p.m. and will be complemented by Rush-Shelby Energy Family Fun Night. Included in the lineup will be a zipline, airbrush tattoos, face painting and an appearance by the World’s Tallest Jockey. In addition, Indiana Grand will unveil two new personalities “Grand Daddy,” the mascot, and the Indiana Grand Bugler, who will call each race to post with a live bugle call. Activities for Rush-Shelby Energy Family Fun Night will spread over a four hour time frame from 5 until 9 p.m. with the exception of the zipline, which will be offered from 5 until 8 p.m. All Family Fun Night activities are free of charge and are on a first come, first serve basis.

Other activities planned for the night include a live remote from Shelbyville’s Giant 96 WSVX radio station from 4 until 6 p.m. along with several contests, drawings and activities, including “Selfie Saturday” where guests submit their own “selfie” from the track for a chance to win prizes. Also, Shelby County Reads Essay Contest winners will be introduced and the second race on the program is dedicated in their honor.

All activities may be viewed on the new state of the art 10mm LED Video Display board that has become the centerpiece on the tote board. Several other additions to the grandstand area include a new winner’s circle, new outdoor food stations featuring a variety of selections and the addition of FastBet Mobile, a fully mobile race wagering technology that offers guests the ability to wager directly from a supplied mobile tablet or their own smartphone, iPad or Android device.

Plentiful seating options are available outdoors on the apron area for an up close feel to racing activities. Also, free seating is available indoors on the first level, either in the OTB location for guests 18 years of age and older or in the Family Pavilion for guests of all ages. The second floor also provides stadium seating free of charge on a first come, first serve basis.

Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing continues through Saturday, Nov. 1 offering racing Tuesday and Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. with Friday and Saturday action beginning at 5:05 p.m. Thursday racing will be added at 2:05 p.m. July 17. For more information, visit the Website at indianagrand.com.