Safety at the Foxfield Races can be a big concern because of the party atmosphere often associated with them, but not so much this season. In fact, there is a conscious effort to make the races family friendly.
More than 4,000 people attended the fall horse races. It was all about the kids Sunday at Foxfield. Many parents said the fall and spring races are like night and day.
"We would not bring the kids to the spring event that's for sure. We like the family friendly atmosphere in the fall so it's a lot different than the spring," said parent Lisa McMurdo.
But organizers have made increasing efforts to create a family friendly environment for the fall races.
"It's not as chaotic in the infield as we see in the spring. People are still standing so that is good," McMurdo said.
The family friendly efforts seem to be working. Sunday the favorite horses were the ones for kids to ride.
"This event is completely family friendly and it's my first time here and there are tons of rides games face painting. Just tons of things to do for the kids," said Jeremy Pleso, a fellow parent.
Kids were able to jump all over moonbounces while parents got to spend time browsing the knick knacks, so all family members were entertained.
"We've got our lunch spread out so we are going to go back and have food and watch the races," McMurdo said.
A few kids even had to be reminded about horse races.
"We've been here for the fall races the last few years and the kids love it," McMurdo said.
There were not as many police as you would normally see during the spring. The races ended at 5 p.m. The spring races will be held next April.