Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 23, 1976 · Page 71
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May 23, 1976

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 71

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SV-Mav23l976 Events in May 28-30 Fairmont: Spring Shoot; Prick- etts Fort State Park. Contact: PrkkeUs Fort Memorial Foundation, Box 8. Fairmont. W. Ya. 2«54. Phone: *WW »31 Cairo: Memorial D«y Celebration: North BendState Park. Contact: Bob Rogers, North Bend State Park. Cairo. W. Va. 2(337. Phone: MS-SSL 29 Paw Paw: William H. Norton Memorial Day Parade. Contact: Mrs. David Clart, Box 254. Paw Paw. W.Va. Phone: 947-7573. 30-31 Fairmont: North Central West Vir- ginia Arts 4 Crafts Festival. National Guard Armory. Contact Hecry Stern.. 309-lOth St.. Fairmont. W. Va. IMM. Phone: 3C-5TW. ;-";'· South Charleston: Uons Club To«V Fair. Contact: Oscar Fudge, 411 »i DSt.. South Charleston, W Va. 25303. Pte**:. 744-0051. South Charleston: Upper 4 Lower KaM-I wha Valley Majorette Festival: Otkr Field, Contact: Bob T. Anderson, 133 Ird Ave.. South Charleston. W.Va. J5JW Phone: 744-5301. ext. 48. ."; - Our 18th YEAR TRANSMISSION SPECIAL COMPLETE SERVICE A ADJUSTMENT BYOURPtOFESSIONALS MHSItlSSIQII 190VKGINIAST.,WIST CHMLBTOH,W.VA. IOCAUY OWNED OPERATED INCLUDES · fc«Fitar«Ci*tt Trotting races always popular attraction at State Fair. Photo by Gerald Ratliff. Racing \fy eekend Good Bet By Conic Shearer If I were asked to write or to tell about my favorite thing to do, I'd say go to the races. If I were asked my favorite thing to do in West Virginia, I'd say go to Charles Town to the races. It's a great vacation-whether you choose to go just for the weekend or for a week. Charles Town is located in an area most significant in American history and, as a matter of fact, very near the nation's capitol. These details are mentioned in the event you're looking for a good Bicentennial vacation area. Before you go to the races there are a few facts about the track you should bear in mind. First and foremost; you're there to have fun. You're there to enjoy the other fans and you're there to share in the excitement of the horses from the minute you hear, "They're off," until the last race is run. If you're a betting person, and you really should be if you're to share in the excitement of the races, keep these few facts in mind. , ' · ' " . · 1 . If you bet $2 to win, the horse must finish first. If you bet to place, the horse must finish first or jecond and if you bet to show, you win if the horse comes in first, second or third. If you think that the No. 3 horse can win the first race and the No. 7 can win the second, you play what is called the daily double, that is a 3-7 combination, but, remember the horses must win. . In exacts, you bet one horse to win and another to finish second in the same race. Both must finish exactly first and second, and trizacta is picking three horses you think will finish exactly in first, second, third order., You win on jackpot at Charles Town if you choose four horses that finish in first, second, third and fourth order. You also . collect if you play an entry--that is two or more horses that are trained by the same .trainer and are coupled as an entry--and any part of the entry wins, places, or shows. On a recent weekend at the Charles Town Turf Club, we arrived in time for the races on Friday night. It's not just the races, it's like going out to dinner. You can have dinner in the club house or you can get hot dogs from the concession stands. Your favorite beverages are served all evening, but once the excitement of the races took hold, we hardly bothered to do anything but watch and cheer. I was a winner on the first night and as' we returned to the motel after the races, I could hardly wait for the next evening's races. .Speaking of motels in Charles Town, there are'literally hundreds. For a vacation in one spot, you can swim all day at the motel and go to the races every night. We chose to do some sightseeing during the daytime. We rose early Saturday 'morning and drove 1 the 60 miles to Washington, D.C. We spent the day looking and shopping. We were actually able to work in the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Capitol and a drive by the White House. : ' We got in some quick shopping at the Chevy Case area en route back to Charles Town. For shoppers who enjoy fine shops, you can't beat Chevy Chase--there's a Lord and Taylor, Sack's Fifth Avenue and Woodword and Lothrdp, among other shops! '''.' Back at the motel we did a fast change and rushed again to the track arriving just shortly after post time at 6:15 p.m. (It's .7:15 week, nights.) We planned to have dinner again at the track and again it proved to be a good move. Each of us enjoyed our dinner and each of us had a different entre, which pretty well proves the food is consistently good. I didn't win the second night, but my loss was only minimal. One of our crowd won big, and that in itself was so exciting that we all felt like winners-and we were-he sprung for a big night on the town after we returned to Charleston. Sunday morning we did all the state historical things. Charles Town is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, so anywhere 'you drive proves to be scenic. We visited Harpers Ferry (where John Brown led an attack in 1859 in an effort to free the slaves). We saw the aresenal and walked along the river bank and through the little town, which some people only read about in history books. We also promised ourselves and each other that some day we would just make the effort to go on a journey for the sake of historical significance in the same area and extend it up to Gettysburg, Pa. and to Baltimore, which is 65 miles away. We had already checked out of our motel, but after a long day of just looking around, we decided it would be better just to relax another day and drive back the next morning. · What better way to relax than at the races? We checked back into our motel, freshened up a bit and were again off to the races. We had a little time before post time, so we visited at Shenandoah Downs, which is across the street from the Charles Town Track. Shenandoah is not in use now for racing. It is used for exercising and training, and if you Icve horses, you're sure to. enjoy looking at them whether they're racing or not. We again enjoyed an excellent dinner and for some inexplicable reason seemed to enjoy the races even more. Maybe it's because we were staying longer than we had planned. And there wasn't a loser in the crowd that night. None of us won big, but we were all winners. After the race that night we all gathered in one room at the motel for a little party of our own. We decided we were going to the races again and soon. In fact, when one friend asked,- "What are you doing next weekend," he got an unrehearsed, but unanimous reply, "going to the races!" Sport Mart ^^ Bon qusirrier / Charleston IV BACKPACKING- PARKAS JACKETS · BACK Jon Sport PACKS..-.-......-A-Lin. · · SLEEPING BAGS Sportline ·BOOTS....;. Vasque (TENTS Camp America · FREEZE DRIED FOODS ... Mountain House · STOVES Trailblazer ·LANTERNS .... 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