Being as it’s about the end of Summer, we’re trying to cram in as much travel as we can before the weather gets cold.
The festival is held about the same time every year, and this time we made a day of it. Lot to see
Will Rogers Downs
The doin’s are held at the racetrack. It’s very nice, and well laid out.The track also has off track betting. Guess some folks can’t get enough of the horses 🙂 . They sit inside, and view the races around the country. Hard to see why anybody would want to sit inside when the weather is so nice.There’s also a casino in the complex.But we were more interested in the horse racing. First time either of us has been to a race.
Then it’s a slow parade up the track to the starting gate.Load them into the gate.AND THEY’RE OFF!Nothing more beautiful than a horse at full gallop. Then the fast ones go to the Winners Circle.Needless to say……..we didn’t bet on this one. Ours finished somewhere near the back of the pack 🙂 .
The action is pretty fast, I mean FAST.
Now, About the Betting
So………………….we buy this sheet/booklet.Neither of us really knows what we’re looking at, but we look like we know what we’re doing. About the only thing we really understood was the odds. And we did know if we won anything 🙂 .Funny thing how the odds change as the betting progresses just before the race………. (shrug)Like I say………..was our first time. Oughta get it figured out by the next time I guess.
More Kinds of Races
After the equine events, it was time for some old fashioned motor powered racing 🙂 . LAWNMOWERS 🙂 .
Pretty typical crowd for one of these things. (I thought the Civil War ended some time ago)The mowers were divided into classes. From little/no modifications to full blown motors with altered drivetrains/frames/bodies. Some are downright fast.
We both enjoyed the heats, then wandered back to the main racetrack/casino for a quick supper before the balloon events.
By the time we headed in for supper, the bulk of the people were arriving for the balloon thing. Must have been a few thousand maybe, I’m not good at estimating crowds.
Only had one issue with the crowds…………..Since when are motorcycles allowed to park in a fire lane????? The biker wannabes think they’re special I guess. We were amazed that the management didn’t tell them to move.Anyways………settled down for supper. You can’t beat the food price/quality at any of the gambling venues. Sometimes we just stop to eat at a casino if it’s along our route, they’re that good when it comes to food.
Nipped outside to take a few shots while we were eating. Gotta catch the light when the light is good.We had also noticed a long line outside. Found out that they were waiting for the balloon rides. ($15 for a few minutes on a tethered balloon that maybe rises 30 feet off the ground).I guess it’s a thrill for some people. Can’t say it’s a bad thing, there’s worse ways to spend time/money.
(Need a better video camera, but you get the drift 🙂 )
Personally, I preferred the individual balloons lit up. After the main event was over, there were still crews moving, and stowing their balloons.At this point in the evening, we wandered briefly through the midway. There were quite a few vendors. Midways all look good at night.I enjoy watching the children, they’re the ones who enjoy it the most.
By now, we were worn out 🙂 . AND IT TOOK ALMOST 1 1/2 HOURS TO GET OUT OF THE PARKING LOT. Was a relief to get on the highway, and head for home.