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ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway and the Board of Directors of the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) have released details and applications for the bursary / scholarship program for local students pursuing agriculture-related studies. College and university credited programs are eligible for up to a twenty-five hundred ($2,500) dollar award. The program is designed to provide financial assistance for students residing in Wellington and Perth Counties, and the Region of Waterloo, who are entering, or currently enrolled in, college or university agriculture-related programs. Since its inception in 2006, the GRAS program has awarded $105,500 to 74 students. • The Application Form (PDF) is available at http://grandriverraceway.com/grasprograms/ All applications must be received no later than July 15, 2017. Successful applicants will be determined by August 15, 2017. Recipients will be recognized during a special ceremony at Grand River Raceway on a race night in September. Please contact Dr. Ted Clarke at (519) 846-5455 ext. 399 Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway hosted its eighth annual Local Biz Night on June 5. The popular harness racing event saw more than 60 people from 16 local businesses matched with a horse in race seven. Motion Electrical Contracting Ltd. was paired with the eventual winner Arrived Late. The Fergus, ON company received a trophy to display in their workplace, plus and a staff party for 20 at Grand River Raceway. Bob McClure piloted the post time favourite to a one-and-a-half length victory in 1:57.1. It was the pacer's 17th career win and fifth this year. Craig Gilmour trains Arrived Late for owners Brett Wright of Hamilton and Connor Wright of Dundas. Local Biz Night is a joint-effort between the raceway, the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway and the Centre Wellington Chamber Of Commerce. Click here for photos from the event. Racing continues at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway kicked off its 2017 harness racing season on June 2 with a splash of glitz and glamour. The track played host to harness racing's second-ever Drag (Queen) Race to celebrate tri-Pride Weekend in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge. (The first race was staged at Grand River Raceway in 2011.) Pro drivers Scott Young, Bob McClure, Travis Henry and Alfie Carroll shared double-seated jog carts with past winners of the Miss Tri-Pride Pageant: Nadia Diamond, Victoria Parks, Jasmine Flowers and Avan Hart. Avan Hart and Alfie Carroll were the winning pair of the half-mile dash aboard 8-year-old trotter Callie Magoo, owned and trained by John Braid. Grand River Raceway extends its sincere appreciation to the tri-Pride organizing committee, the Drag Race drivers, horse owners Jackie Panko, John Braid and Rebecca Titus, the OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway, Hands On Horses Program, post parade leader Debi O'Brien Moran and all supporting businesses who donated items to the Penny Auction. The event raised $750 for tri-Pride. Harness racing continues Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 6:35 p.m. at Grand River Raceway. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway hosted its ninth annual harness racing backstretch Open House on May 28. Attendance topped last year's record. More than 500 people of all ages came for a rare glimpse of horse racing behind-the-scenes. A full tour of the Open House stations included: a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth; a tour of the paddock, testing areas, starting car and track maintenance vehicles; a blacksmith station which included free horseshoes for kids compliments of System Fencing, Stalls & Equipment; a booth hosted by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame; kids' crafts and facepainting, and local reinsman Bob McClure hosted a station explaining the role of a racehorse driver. The most popular activity of the day was the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse with the Hands On Horses Program and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. Grand River Raceway extends its gratitude to the following horsepeople and other volunteers who graciously committed their time and horses to help with this event: the Hands On Horses Program (Stacey Reinsma and Brian Tropea of the Ontario Harness Horse Association), Tanya Martin, AJ Moore, Linda Rainey, Bob McClure, Emilia Hautakorpia, Ben Hollingsworth, Jackie Panko, Keith Klages, Stacey Currie, Lynn Gibbings, Esa Myllymaki, Paula McGuire, John Braid, Chris Polifroni, Jane Belore, Debi O’Brien Moran, Kyle Bossence, and George Ketros. • Photos from the event. Grand River Raceway’s 2017 live racing season kicks off on June 2 at 6:30. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) presented the first of three donation commitments to Groves Memorial Community Hospital Foundation. The GRAS is the owner/operator of Grand River Raceway, where the cheque presentation was made on May 16. The organization has committed a total of $250,000 to be paid over three years. The funds will benefit the new hospital which will replace the existing Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Fergus. The new facility is expected to open in 2019. It will be located in Aboyne (between Elora and Fergus). "We are very thankful for the Grand River Agricultural Society's support of this critical initiative," said Lori Arsenault, Executive Director of Groves Memorial Community Hospital Foundation. The GRAS donation will be used to fund the New Groves Hospital Healing Gardens. The GRAS donation brings the fundraising total to $14.4 million, which represents 72 percent of the Foundation's commitment to the Ministry of Health to raise $20 million. "Every day, people at Groves Memorial Community Hospital make a difference. They are part of pivotal moments in the life of each family - all of our families - and they happen at Groves every day," Arsenault explained. "Groves is a unique hospital because of the values it embraces. Our personalized patient care is one to which larger hospitals can only aspire." The GRAS is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and governed by a volunteer board of directors reporting to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The GRAS mandate is to encourage awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. Kelly Spencer

ELORA - Back by popular demand, Grand River Raceway will host its ninth annual backstretch Open House on Sunday, May 28. Guests are invited to drop-in any time from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a rare glimpse of harness racing behind-the-scenes. A full tour of the Open House's six main stations will last approximately one hour. The itinerary includes the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse. Other interactive stations include a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth high atop the grandstand with track announcer Gary Guy. Back in the barn, visitors will learn about the basics of breeding, owning, training, driving and caring for racehorses in sessions led by industry experts. Local reinsman Bob McClure will host a station explaining the role of a racehorse driver and the skills required to communicate with horses during the race and navigate them to victory. All kids will receive a lucky horseshoe during a blacksmith demonstration graciously sponsored by System Fencing, Stalls & Equipment. Machinery enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to view and learn about the equipment and techniques required to maintain the racetrack surface. The starting car will also be on display, and open for photo opportunities. No registration is required for the Open House. The event is suitable for all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The Open House will run rain or shine. Participants are urged to wear closed-toe shoes and casual, comfortable clothing. Admission is free, but participants are urged to make a $2 donation at the door to support the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. A BBQ lunch and beverages will be available for purchase between 11:30 - 1:30. The Grand River Raceway Open House is presented in cooperation with the Hands On Horse Program and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. Nearly 2,500 people have attended Grand River Raceway's Open House event in the past eight years. For more information, visit http://grandriverraceway.com/open-house/ or call (519) 846-5455 x238 or email info@grandriverraceway.com. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 2017 live harness racing season launches on Friday, June 2 with a splash of royal glitz and glamour. The Elora, ON track will host harness racing's only Drag Queen Race as part of tri-Pride celebrations which run May 23 - June 4 throughout Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge. Retired racehorses and professional drivers will share double-seat jog carts with past winners of the Miss tri-Pride Pageant: Nadia Diamond, Victoria Parks, Jasmine Flowers and Rachael Temptation. The half-mile race will take place after the sixth horse race (approximately 8:00 p.m.). The world's first-ever Drag Queen (harness) Race was staged in 2011 at Grand River Raceway and was won by Madison Hart with driver James MacDonald and pacer Pompus Mac Daddy. The event returned in 2012, but extreme weather forced cancellation of the races before the start of the night. Other festivities on opening night will include a ticketed dinner in the Captain's Quarters dining room and a Penny Auction in the main lobby. Dinner tickets are $40 and include: buffet, meal taxes and gratuity, race program, $10 slots voucher (19+), Pride flag, exclusive door prizes and five tickets for the Penny Auction. Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance, and sales close May 26. Dinner tickets must be purchased online. This is a sanctioned tri-Pride event; a portion of dinner ticket sales and 100% of the Penny Auction sales will benefit the organization. The season-opener will include 10 - 11 horse races which begin at 6:35 p.m. All Fun & Frivolity Friday Race Nights include a live trackside broadcast with 107.5 DAVE ROCKS, the free NEIGHbourhood program for kids, barn tour and extended Tarmac Show between the races. Live harness racing is featured on most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from June 2 through September 27. Other special racing events include the Media Race (June 23), Ren's Pets Depot Wiener Dog Races (July 7) and the Industry Day horse racing celebration featuring the 20th annual Battle Of Waterloo (August 7). Complete event information and dinner tickets for Opening Night are available at http://grandriverraceway.com/tri-pride-night 2011 Drag Queen Race at Grand River Raceway Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) has launched a new Community Mini-Grant program. The organization is accepting applications until May 1, 2017. All projects must be related to agriculture and/or the environment. To be considered for funding, applicants must clearly illustrate how their project will benefit the local community (Elora, Fergus and surrounding areas). Donations may be granted to a local community group or an individual. • Complete information and application form. For inquiries about the program, please contact Dorothy Key at (519) 846-8879 or info@grandriveragsociety.com Kelly Spencer

Starting Thursday, April 27, the track at Grand River Raceway will be open for training each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon for the duration of the harness racing season. (All horses must be vacated by 1:00 p.m. on training days.) Qualifiers will be conducted on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. from May 24 through September 20. Complete information is available at http://grandriverraceway.com/notice-board/. The 2017 live harness racing season kicks off the first of 47 race nights on Friday, June 2 at 6:35 p.m. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's first Grand Craft & Gift Market promises plenty of unique shopping and a touch of the supernatural. The April 9th market will encompass the entire second floor of the main building at the Elora racetrack. More than 60 vendors will showcase hundreds of treasures, including bath and beauty products, home and garden decor, clothing and accessories, jewelry, original artworks and other one-of-a-kind finds. Exhibitor Emma Smallbone will host two Guest Speaker sessions during the event. Known as The Barefoot Medium, Smallbone is a local spiritual medium, empath and author. She has delivered messages to hundreds of people through private groups, one-on-one sessions and public events. Smallbone will share her learnings from the spirit world during 20-minute talks titled Connecting With Spirit at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Captain's Quarters Dining Room. The Grand Craft & Gift Market runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April 9. Admission is free for the entire event. Random spot prizes of $15 in show bucks will be awarded at 15-minutes past each hour (11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, 3:15). One lucky shopper will win a gift basket filled with more than $200 in merchandise provided by show vendors. The OLG Slots at Grand River Raceway also feature a $14.99 Sunday brunch in the Getaway Restaurant (on the main floor) from 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Complete details about the Grand Craft & Gift Market. Grand River Raceway is an award-winning entertainment destination located in beautiful Elora, ON. The unique facility offers year-round slots gaming (open 24/7), dining, special events, Meetings & Events Services, and seasonal horse racing. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - A top purse of $250 is awaiting harness racing quiz wizards in Grand River Raceway's Grand Trivia Night to benefit The Stable That God Loves. The April 19th event features $200 in prize money for the top trivia team. Sixty trivia questions will be played in three rounds. The questions will be 70 percent harness racing trivia and 30 percent general knowledge. A $50 bonus goes to the winning team if their score tops the hypothetical tally of the Pro Team, which includes: two-time World Driving Champ Jody Jamieson, Anthony MacDonald of The Stable, and Brian Tropea of the Ontario Harness Horse Association. Assisting the Pro Team is race announcer Ken Middleton and Hall Of Famer Bill Galvin - two of the driving forces behind The Stable That God Loves. The cost is $32 per person and participants can register in teams of two or four. The ticket price includes a $10 slots voucher (19+), snacks, Mashed Potato Bar and tax. The Stable That God Loves benefits $5 from each ticket. The not-for-profit group is a fundraising initiative for the Standardbred Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada. Participating racehorse owners pledge one percent of their horses' annual earnings to the Chaplaincy, which is dedicated to providing for the emotional, physical, spiritual and human needs of the horse racing work force in southwestern Ontario. Grand Trivia Night is held in the Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, April 19. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:15 p.m. A cash bar is available 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available by advance sale only, and can be purchased online. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

ELORA, ON - They're the highest ranking officers in Wellington County OPP, but can they outsmart 100 ambitious trivia tricksters? Inspector Scott Lawson, Staff Sgt. Krista Miller, Staff Sgt. Victoria Dawson and Staff Sgt. Dave Sinko will comprise the Pro Team in Grand River Raceway's Grand Trivia Night on February 25. The event is presented in partnership with Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW). The top scoring trivia team wins $200, plus a $50 bonus if they beat the Pro Team's tally. Tickets are $25 per person and participants can register in teams of two or four. The ticket price includes 60 trivia questions in three rounds (a mix of general knowledge and true crime trivia), $10 slots voucher (19+), snacks, and HST. A nominal online ticket fee is extra. The event also features a cash bar, Potato Bar and silent auction. CSGW benefits $5 from each ticket, plus all silent auction sales. The trivia showdown takes place in the Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway on Saturday, February 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:30 p.m. A cash bar is available 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available by advance sale only, and can be purchased online. Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Bob McClure has been circling Canada's biggest harness racing title for the past few years, inching closer to the top of the driving ranks. In 2016, he captured not only the winning statistics, but also a prestigious award nomination. The 26-year-old reinsman from Elora, ON secured his first national title in 2016, winning 576 races while earning driving titles at Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway and Georgian Downs. He drove 2,418 horses to purse earnings of $3 million. It was just his eighth year as a professional driver. McClure surpassed 1,000 career wins during 2016, and on several occasions scored four, five or six wins during a 10-race card. He currently sits at 1,436 wins and $8.1 million in purse earnings. "As much as I'm looking forward to 2017, I can't see how it could top this year," says McClure. "I've been so lucky, and I have to admit, I'm sad to see the season come to an end. I'm really thankful to all the grooms, trainers, owners, racing fans and everyone else that made it an unforgettable year." At the end of this month, McClure will vie for his first O'Brien Award for Driver Of The Year. The O'Brien Awards celebrate the absolute best in harness racing over a given year. They are the highest honour the sport bestows upon its heroes in this country and the winners are decided by a panel of voters consisting of media, racing publicists and race secretaries. McClure is up against veteran driver Sylvain Filion, a three-time O'Brien Award winner. The gala awards ceremony takes place on January 28 at The Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, ON. McClure and his partner Jody Howard and their one-year-old son Ryder moved to Elora in 2015. The location is central to the many tracks where McClure plies his trade, including those in Elora, Dundas, London, Clinton, Innisfil and Campbellville. 2016 Grand River Raceway Driving Champion - Bob McClure Kelly Spencer  

A top reward of $250 is awaiting the best trivia tipsters in Grand River Raceway's inaugural Grand Trivia Night to benefit Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington (CSGW). The February 25th event features $200 in prize money for the top trivia team, plus a $50 bonus if they out-score the Pro Team, which includes officers from the local OPP detachment. The cost is $25 per person and participants can register in teams of two or four. The ticket price includes 60 questions in three rounds (mostly general knowledge and some true crime trivia), $10 slots voucher (19+), snacks, and HST. A nominal online ticket fee is extra. CSGW benefits $5 from each ticket, plus all sales from the event's raffle table and live auction items. The trivia showdown takes place in the Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway on Saturday, February 25. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., trivia begins at 7:00 p.m. and concludes at 9:00 p.m. A cash bar is available 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Tickets are available by advance sale only, and can be purchased online. Kelly Spencer  

A $5,000 donation covering the costs of 154 articles of new winter clothing was made by the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS), owner/operator of Grand River Raceway, to benefit the clients of the Centre Wellington Food Bank. The presentation was made on December 9 at the Elora track. The lot includes 40 winter coats, 32 pairs of boots and 82 hats/scarves/gloves/snow pants. Jackie Andrews, of the Centre Wellington Food Bank Board Of Directors and Coordinator of the Christmas Hamper and Angels Program said the donation comes on the heels of the organization’s recent call for winter gear. In the past two years, GRAS had donated more than 400 articles of clothing retailing $10,000 to this excellent program. For more information about the Centre Wellington Food Bank, visit their website or call 519.787.1401. The Grand River Agricultural Society is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated under the Agricultural Societies Act of Ontario and operated by a volunteer board of directors. Kelly Spencer

The 2017 lineup for Grand River Raceway's popular Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre features 13 shows in three new productions and one encore. The season kicks off in January with a tribute to Canada's 150th anniversary. The Canadian Folk Explosion includes music icons Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot. The foursome join together to form a peace-loving supergroup, but instead must work together to solve a grizzly murder. March offers another all-new production, with the big hair and delicious tunes of Get Fit Or Die Trying: An '80s Murder Mystery. Set in the mid-'80s, superstars Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Freddie Mercury join forces for a live aerobics telethon. But, the good cause quickly becomes an exercise in fatality. In September, the four lads from Liverpool return for three encore performances of Paul Is Dead: A Beatles Murder Mystery. Showbiz urban legend claims Paul McCartney died in '67 and was replaced by a lookalike. Outlandish? You be the judge in this murderous musical romp. A new Christmas Show rounds out the playbill in November and December. All shows are staged in the Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway in Elora, where doors open at 6:00 p.m. and shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $53 and include the one-hour show, three-course dinner, taxes, gratuity and a $10 gaming voucher (19+). The track has hosted nearly 3,000 guests at 24 performances since the program began in 2014. Musical Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre shows are written exclusively for Grand River Raceway by Tim Clarke Productions of Guelph. Each show includes lively musical numbers by pro performers and a fact-based background story. Guests can dig into the lore behind the celebrity musicians depicted on-stage between bites of delicious dinner and discussions of whodunit. The complete 2017 Playbill is as follows: The Canadian Folk Explosion - January 27 & 28 Get Fit Or Die Trying: An '80s Murder Mystery - March 24 & 25 Paul Is Dead: A Beatles Murder Mystery (Encore) - Sept. 28, 29, 30 The Christmas Show - Nov. 23, 24, 25, 30 and Dec. 1, 2 Complete information and online ticket sales are available at http://grandriverraceway.com/murder-mystery-dinner-theatre/ Kelly Spencer

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