Beer/Chili Festival & Baseball Cap Giveaway Highlight Upcoming Harness Racing Weekend At Shenandoah Downs

Shenandoah Downs heads into its third weekend of pari-mutuel harness racing in Woodstock, Virginia on Saturday September 24th and Sunday September 25th, and a new festival featuring craft beers and award winning chili will complement the trotting and pacing action.

In addition to exiting finishes over the newly renovated half mile oval, the Hops ‘n Hooves Craft Beer & Chili Festival will take place on the grounds September 24th. This first time event is a tasting celebration featuring 20 craft beers and award winning chili from different vendors. Tickets are $20 and include 10 beer tastings, chili tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. You can save $4 by purchasing tickets on line in advance at

The first 250 fans on Sunday September 25th will receive this free baseball cap.
The first 250 fans on Sunday September 25th will receive this free baseball cap.

A $10 “racing only” admission will be available for harness fans that day, and special added value items are included with each entry. The package includes a $5 betting voucher, a Shenandoah Downs racing program and a souvenir gift (choice of t-shirt or baseball cap). Gates open at 11 AM; harness races begin at 1 PM and the festival will conclude at 5 PM.

On Sunday, there is free admission to the races, plus the first 250 fans age 18 and older will receive a free Shenandoah Downs baseball cap courtesy of the Virginia Equine Alliance. Gates open at 11 AM and racing begins at 1 PM.

The inaugural season continues every Saturday and Sunday through October 9th. The popular “Wine & Trotter” Festival returns October 1st and 2nd, and a seafood festival will be held October 8th. Another free admission and baseball cap giveaway will bring the season to a close on October 9th.

Shenandoah Downs is located at Exit 283 off I-81 halfway between Winchester and Harrisonburg. More details are available at and