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Kawartha Downs marks 47 years of operation

04:22 AM 12 Jul 2019 NZST
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Kawartha Downs marks 47 years of operation
Kawartha Downs marks 47 years of operation

Kawartha Downs is among the preferred locations in Peterborough for a wide variety of reasons. This month is special for the location, as it brings its 47th year of operation and celebrations are in order.

Fraserville is about to see grand birthday party this Saturday, July 13, and everyone is invited to share the joy of the birthday party. In light of recent events, this birthday is eyed as a great milestone.

Last fall was a rather tough one for Kawartha Downs, as the gaming location diversifying its operation had to experience a hiatus. Staff members relying on their paychecks were concerned about lack of wagers ahead of the winter months.

This uncertainty was further fueled by the extended renovation that made it necessary in the first place. Shorelines Casino went through a complete makeover lasting nine weeks, only to relaunch operation in December.

Horse Racing and Gaming Galore

This Saturday is projected to bring the official celebration of the 47th birthday of Kawartha Downs and everything it represents to the community. For nearly half a century this racetrack has welcomed individuals enthusiastic about horse racing and betting on the exciting live events.

The birthday is scheduled to bring a DJ heating up the area with electrifying sets. The weekend celebration is also projected to bring various games entertaining everyone on site. They would also feature various prizes, further motivating participation and attendance.

Locals are already eager to see who is about to become the winner in those games and what the prizes would look like. In addition to that, there is going to be cake for everyone, because a birthday could not go without a celebratory cake.

In order to make the experience even fuller and add some zest to it, Kawartha Downs would also feature the traditional live races that transform every Saturday of the summer season. Locals and people from neighboring communities making their way there will have the opportunity to enjoy them to the fullest.

Celebrations after a Period of Uncertainty

The 2019 live racing season marked a step in the right direction. At the end of 2018 it was announced that it is scheduled to feature 21 live races at the harness racetrack, marking an improvement from 18 race dates last year. Elevating this Saturday’s experience even further, players will also have the chance to give the renovated slots location a try. The renovation last fall resulted in 150 brand new slot machines installed on site.

Better days are on the horizon, as Kawartha Downs will continue operation under new ownership. The racetrack’s owner inked a deal with Romspen Investments Corporation following years of controversy and insecurity. Over the past two years, no purchasers came forward, leading to the ultimate purchase by the mortgage lender.

All gaming enthusiasts were ensured that the slots location overseen by Great Canadian Gaming would continue operation. Expansion is also on the way. This was further solidified by the renewed three-year contracts of as many as 50 individuals unionized with the Service Employees International Union Local 2. Kawartha Downs’ success would also guarantee it the continuous support from Ontario Racing.

By Daniel Thompson
 
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