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Sep 5, 2023

Our conversation for Tourism Tuesday - Shenandoah County edition - with Kary Haun from Shenandoah County Tourism also featured Darrell Wood, Director of Operations at Shenandoah Downs. Darrell gave us bit of history for harness racing in Woodstock and quite an education on how it works, the terminology, and the entertainment value it provides to visitors, families, and residents across the Shenandoah Valley. 

Darrell gave details about their season at described the atmosphere you'll find in the stands and additional special events they host. The eighth fall harness racing season opens September 16, 2023 and runs through October 29, 2023, with races every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. Admission and parking are free. Race programs generally run until 4:30 PM and a race goes off every 20 minutes. Wagering is available on all races either via a manned bet taker or a self-betting terminal. Try your hand at win, place, or show bets, or go with an exacta, trifecta, or superfecta. Be sure to bring cash because all on-site wagers are cash transactions.

Shenandoah Downs is located at the historic Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock, Virginia halfway between Harrisonburg and Winchester on I-81 at Exit 283. Learn more on their website: 

Before we wrapped up our conversation, Kary gave us details for several events and activities that are happening across Shenandoah County in the coming weeks. Find more on their website: