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Tailgate Competition

One of the best ways to celebrate a fine fall day at the races is with a tailgate picnic. Tailgating involves laying a picnic spread out on a station wagon, pick-up tailgate or even a table. Whether your style is grand, with fine old linen tablecloths, silver chafing dishes and oriental rugs or rustic, backyard barbecue, create a personalized tailgate experience for your family, friends or co-workers.

Pre-register after September 1st on the GVH Races shopping website ( and choose one of the three categories.

Registration for tailgate judging is $5.00 dollars with all of the proceeds going directly to UR Medicine Golisano Children’s Hospital.
New for 2016 – Celebrity Judge John Walsh of “CNN’s The Hunt, with John Walsh”.

Choose your category: 

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

The top three Winning Tailgates in each category will receive a ribbon with the top tailgate in each category winning a $150.00 Gift Certificate to Wegmans. First place tailgates from each of these three categories will be eligible to be judged in as Best Overall Tailgate. 


Competition sponsored by and $150 Wegmans Gift Certificates contributed by