I will say, I don't think I'd come all the way from GA for it, unless it's WAY better than I remember. I mean, I drove from VA to KY for Equitana one year and THAT was worth it, just not sure this will be. I live about an hour away so I may check it out this year... would like to see the new facilities at the Meadow (it was still a farm last time I saw it!)
It's also at a new venue... so hopefully better parking, etc.
It's probably going to be quite a hike
With the exciting new space, comes a different parking scenario and in an attempt to accommodate the needs of all or our attendees we will be offering the following parking options Free Parking: Lot C, (near the equine complex), Enter through Gate 6 and park in lot C. Premium Parking: Lot F, (near the Farm Bureau Center Exhibit Hall), $5.00 per car. If you are interested in premium parking, we suggest you purchase premium parking tickets and admission tickets in advance, as the number of premium spaces are limited and ticket in hand line moves much faster. You will enter through Gate 3
I plan on going either Sat or Sun. I'd been to it when they had it in Richmond; eh. I'm looking forward to seeing what's left of Meadow Farm. I would think they kept the barn up where Secretariat was foaled, but ??? I can't imagine coming from another state to attend though. I want to ride the mechanical cutting horse!! or, I want to try to ride the mechanical cutting horse!!!
Having been to the State Fair at the new site, yes you'll walk a bit but nothing like at KHP for Rolex or WEG or anything like that. If you chose the free lot you could check out the new stable and the events in the rings and walk over to the Farm Bureau Center in, I'd estimate 10 minutes or so. Maybe less. (I'm guessing since the paid parking is near the Farm Bureau Center that's where the vendors will be -- is that right? I really haven't looked at the details.)
The facility is very roomy for the events it hosts but don't worry that you're going to drop dead walking, even from the far lot. It's not any worse than, say, a major amusement park, and I'd guess they will run the shuttles. (They were running when we went to the Fair but we didn't bother to use them because the walk wasn't prohibitive for us.)
With the Secretariat movie playing now, I'm sure they will still be promoting heavily The Meadow as Secretariat's home farm, as cutemudhorse mentioned.
Hope you have a nice time! I have been in the past and it's a nice expo but I agree I don't think it's quite an Equitana yet. But it does seem to grow every year. There are certainly plenty of vendors so I'm sure you'll have that part covered!
Thought about stopping in as it's in my backyard. Almost literally.
Hey - nothing says "Welcome to the birthplace of Secretariat" like two huge sewage tanks sitting front and center. Or all the horrid street lights (so much for the pretty mock-up the SFOV presented to the Board of Supervisors when seeking approval).
Oh - sorry - still pissed as hell about it becoming "The Meadow Event Park" and how its been totally bastardized.
All I hear is "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot".
Time to write another letter to Curry Roberts about how tacky the fair was and that they handled the traffic issues so poorly.
Originally Posted by SmartAlex
Give it up. Many of us CoTHers are trapped at a computer all day with no way out, and we hunt in packs. So far it as all been in good fun. You should be thankful for that.
I'll be there! I'm riding my green bean OTTB in Friday afternoon and Saturday morning clinics with Steuart Pittman. I haven't ridden in a clinic in years, so I'm really excited. I've heard good things about Steuart.
I'm cautiously optimistic about the venue. The raceway just didn't have enough good riding areas. At the Meadows they built I think it's 4 new rings and a beautiful new barn. Plenty of space. While it is pretty neat to be able to walk around and see Big Red's barns, it's Sad how so much is built so close to it though.