Preparations are underway for a big weekend in Albemarle County. It's the Foxfield Fall Races Sunday, which typically doesn't attract as many people as the spring race. But, police and organizers still have their work cut out for them.
The track expects to draw a crowd of around 3,500 people this weekend - unlike the spring race which normally draws over 15,000. Even with a smaller turnout, traffic is still expected to be an issue.
At the track, preparations have already begun.
"Bounce-n-Play, the children's activities tent, there's pony rides, a gentleman who drives a team of draft horses around, takes them for rides and so forth. Face painting, you name it they're doing it," said Patrick Butterfield, race director.
Race organizers partner with the Albemarle County Police Department to make sure everything runs smoothly on race day. The police department wants to make sure people are aware there will be traffic delays.
"We do want to focus on traffic and make sure people are aware that there will be an influx of traffic, especially on Garth Road and Owensville Road. The gates open at 10 a.m. so somewhere between 10 a.m. and noon, and then of course when everyone's leaving between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., we expect there to be some delays," said Carter Johnson, spokesperson for the Albemarle County Police Department.
The larger crowd at the Foxfield Spring Races typically leads to a busy day for police - but this Sunday is "Fall Foxfield Family Day", so police don't expect as many enforcement issues.
Tickets for the event are still on sale.
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Reported by Rob Manch
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