Family-Friendly Harness Racing Event Set for May 20 at the Canfield Fairgrounds

CANFIELD, OHIO — “…and they’re off!” That cry will be heard in a slightly different context than usual when the Canfield Harness Horsemen’s Association presents a Harness Racing Matinee on Sunday, May 20 at the Canfield Fairgrounds Grandstand.
In harness racing terms, a “matinee” traditionally indicates a non-wagering event. The purpose of this afternoon will be two-fold: to allow young horses to race in an exercise/training mile that will be their first experience of leaving out of the starting gate, and to give members of the public of all ages a chance to see how the horses are prepared for a race.
Families, including children, are welcome to get a close-up look at the horses, the drivers and the sulkies — the wheeled vehicles that are the common bond between them.
Gates to the Fairgrounds will open at 12 noon on May 20; post time for the race is 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The Canfield Harness Horsemen’s Association (CHHA) is one of the largest horsemen’s groups in Ohio, with over 100 members. The group has been very active in the community for over
30 years. In addition to continually improving the track and barn area at the Canfield Fairgrounds, in 2003 the CHHA expanded its scholarship program to present two $500 scholarships to local youths to help pay for higher education.