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FUN-FILLED WEEKEND AT BALMORAL COMING UP
Balmoral set to host Chicago Southland Festival of Racing
Balmoral Park will play host to the inaugural Chicago Southland Festival of Racing on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday August 2. The two-day event will be a showcase for Illinois-bred pacers and trotters as the state-breds square off in the $71,000 Mini Me Stake, $68,000 Loyal Opposition Stake, $56,000 Incredible Finale Stake, $54,000 Ann Vonian Stake and the $50,000 Big Tom and Parklane Powerful Stakes on Saturday. On Sunday the $50,000 Kadabra & Fox Valley Evita Stakes will be contested.
The big weekend of events kicks off at noon on Saturday with the opening of two days of non-stop poker tournaments which will benefit the South Suburban Humane Society. The poker action will be highlighted by a $200 buy in Texas Hold’em Tournament with the winner receiving a seat in the World Series of Poker. There will also be a taco eating contest at 7:30 pm on Saturday night in the Balmoral Park winner's circle. That event will feature four of the Major League of Eating’s best, including the #2 ranked “eater” in the world, Chicago’s own Patrick Bertoletti. ESPN 1000’s John Jurkovic and Dan McNeil of 670 The Score will also be on hand for the tournament. The top two finishers will split a $1,500 jackpot.
The non-stop fun continues on Sunday with the 2nd Annual Salsa Festival. This free event lets patrons sample salsas from local area restaurants and vote for their favorites. Once again there will be all types of poker tournaments from noon until 10 pm that night.
Fans can also visit the outdoor tent parties on both days which will feature live music, $2 Miller drafts and various food specials. The music begins at 1 pm on Saturday and at 3:30 pm on Sunday.
For more information visit www.balmoralpark.com or call (708) 672-1414.
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