Tailgating & Activities

Tailgating Contest presented by  __________________!
Tailgating at the Virginia Gold Cup races is a time honored tradition so make the most of the day and participate in the Tailgate Contest. The best tailgates have a theme, decorations and special food and drinks recipes. Reserved tailgating spots are available on the Member’s Hill, North Rail and South Rail.

When you reserve a tailgate spot you are eligible to enter the tailgate competition – and it is free! Tailgates are judged by a panel of local food and TV personalities.

If you have reserved a tailgate spot and would like to enter the competition, send your name, contact information, and tailgate spot number to info@bendurepr.com by 5pm on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Past prizes have included dinners and hotel stays, airline tickets and gift baskets.

Official drink: The Mint Julep - click here for the recipe

Hat Contest - Sponsorship available!
Once again, we will be holding our popular hat contest on Race Day.

Categories Judged include:
1. Best Racing Theme
2. Funniest/Most Outrageous
3. Most Glamorous/Elegant
4. Best Child (under 18)
5. Best Men’s Showing

Entering the contest is easy. If your party is on Members Hill come to the Winner’s Circle in front of the Steward Stand at 2:15pm and pickup your entry number. The contest will start at 2:30pm. If you party is located in either the North or South areas of the course meet at the Entrance Gate to Members Hill at 2:00pm. Look for the sign that says “Hat Contest” and join the parade to the Winner’s Circle.

       

Members Hill

Members Hill - the who's who of steeplechase can be found here along with our Corporate Sponsors, the expanded vendor village and more.

Want to see the horses as the circle the paddock before the race?  See the Terriers in action?  Book a space today.

 

Platinum Hospitality Tent
Price: $18,500.00

Accommodates up to 300 guests and includes one 40'x 40' tent with a 10'x 10' catering tent, a 16'x 40' fenced terrace, 6-4'umbrella tables, 6-3' round tables, 2-5' round tables, 4-8' buffet tables, 2-6' rectangular tables, 8-2' pedestal tables, 72 chairs, 3 portable restrooms, 1 closed circuit TV and 150 official race programs. Tickets include 300 Members Hill badges, 15 Members Hill car passes, 135 Members Hill Guest car passes and 2 service passes. **Each person on MembersHill must wear a Members Hill Badge.   Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. For all your catering needs, please request a Marriott Ranch Gold Cup menu package by calling 540.364.2627.

Marriott Ranch Menu

Gold Hospitality Tent
Price: $13,500.00

Accommodates up to 200 guests and includes one 30'x 30' tent with a 10'x 10' catering tent, a 16'x 30' fenced terrace, 4-4' umbrella tables, 6-3' round tables, 3-8' buffet tables, 2-6' rectangular tables, 6-2' pedestal tables, 48 chairs, 2 portable restrooms, 1 closed circuit TV and 100 official race programs. Tickets include 200 Members Hill badges, 10 Members Hill car passes, 90 Members Hill Guest Admission car passes and 2 Service Vehicle passes. **Each person on Member's Hill must wear a Members Hill Badge.   Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.   For all  your catering needs, please request a Marriott Ranch Gold Cup menu package by calling 540.364.2627.

Marriott Ranch Menu

Silver Hospitality Tent
Price: $9,500.00

Accommodates up to 100 guests and includes one 20'x 20' tent with a 10'x 10' catering tent, 16'x 20' fenced terrace, 2 umbrella tables, 3-3' round tables, 2-8' rectangular tables, 2-6' rectangular talbes, 2-2' pedestal tables, 32 chairs, 1 portable restroom, 1 closed circuit TV and 50 official race programs. Tickets include 100 Members Hill badges, 5 Members Hill car passes and 45 Guest car passes and 2 Service Vechile Passes. **Each person on Member's Hill must wear a Member's Hill Badge. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.   For all your catering needs, please request a Marriott Ranch  Gold Cup menu package by calling 540.364.2627.

Marriott Ranch Menu

This tent package is also available fully catered for your convenience.

 

Silver Hospitality Tent - Fully Catered
Price: $21,500.00

Enjoy your Silver Tent including a delicious catering package for 100 guests, presented by Marriott Ranch.

Fully Catered Silver Tent Package Menu

 

Bronze Hospitality Tent
Price: $5,000.00

Accommodates up to 30 guests and includes one 15'x15' tent on North Members Hill, affording a view of the North end of the racecourse, with an 8'x15' picket fenced terrace, 2-3' round tables, 1-6' rectangular table, 1 - 8' rectangular table, 16 chairs and 15 official race programs. Tickets include 30 Members Hill badges, 3 Members Hill car passes, 12 Members Hill Guest car passes and 1 Service Vehicle pass. For all your catering needs, please request a Marriott Ranch Gold Cup menu package by calling 540.364.2627. 

Marriott Ranch Menu

This tent package is also available fully catered for your convenience. 

Bronze Tent - Fully Catered
Price: $9,000.00

Come to the races and let Marriott Ranch do the cooking! Enjoy your Bronze Tent including a delicious catering package for 30 guests, presented by Marriott Ranch.

Fully Catered Bronze Tent Package Menu
 

Skybox
Price: $6,500.00

Personal 16'x 20' section of Skybox tent on Members Hill overlooking the racecourse with a private 16'x16' terrace, two 4' rouund tables, 20 chairs, one 4' rectangular table and 10 official race programs.  Tickets include 10 Members Hill car passes and 20 Members Hill Skybox Wrist Bands, which afford guests access to the complimentary fully catered Skybox luncheon and open bar provided by Marriott Ranch, TV featuring the closed circuit program of the day's activities and Skybox designated restrooms.

Skybox Menu 

Steward Stand Parking #1 - 56
Price: $675.00

Exclusive Members Hill tailgating along the finish line. The space is 12' x 20' and allows for parties for up to 12 guests.   Includes 1 Reserved Car Pass and 6 Member's Hill Badges.  **Each person on Member's Hill must wear a Member's Hill Badge.**  Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. 

If you are ordering a Steward Stand Parking for the first time, please add your 2nd & 3rd preference in the Request Field, as there is very limited availability.  Only second row parking may be available for new orders!

Steward Stand Parking #57 - 87
Price: $650.00

Exclusive Members Hill tailgating located behind Row 1.  The space is 12' x 20' and allows for parties for up to 12 guests.   Includes 1 Reserved Car Pass and 6 Member's Hill Badges.  **Each person on Member's Hill must wear a Member's Hill Badge. **  Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.  

If you are NOT RENEWING your space from last year, but are ordering a Steward Stand Parking for the first time, please add your 2nd & 3rd preference in the Request Field, as there is very limited availability.  Only second row parking maty be available for new orders!

Broadview Box
Price: $675.00

Mingle with the "Who is Who" of The Virginia Gold Cup races, and tailgate in a Broadview Box with unbelievable views of the race course. The space is 12' x 20' and allows for parties for up to 12 guests.  Includes 1 Reserved Car Pass and 6 Member's Hill Badges.  **Each person on Members Hill must wear a Members Hill Badge.**    Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.  

If you are NOT RENEWING your space from last year, but are ordering a Broadview Box for the first time, please add your 2nd & 3rd preference in the Request Field, as there is very limited availability.

Oakwood Box
Price: $550.00

Private 10'x 10' fenced box overlooking the racecourse accommodates 8 guests and includes 4 chairs, 1 bench, 1 Members Hill car pass, 1 North General Admission car pass and 8 Members Hill badges.  **Each person on Member' Hill must wear a Members Hill Badge.**    Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. 

Members Hill Car Pass
Price: $550.00

Parks your vehicle inside Members Hill Gate 1 and includes 4 Members Hill badges.  General admission tailgating is not permitted on Members Hill or at your vechile with this pass purchase.   

Members Hill Badge
Price: $55.00

Members Hill Badges are required for all persons located within the Members Hill enclosure.  Children 12 and under do not need a badge if they are accompanied by an adult.  General Admission Wrist Bands may be upgraded to a Members Hill Badge for $30 cash at any gate.  

Life Member Package
Price: $300.00

Great Meadow's Life Members may purchase a package that includes a Members Hill general parking pass and 4 Members Hill badges.  

Life Member Pledge
Price: $20,000.00

Become a Life Member by making a onetime $20,000 pledge that is fully tax deductible to Great Meadow Foundation, which supports the preservation of open space and community access to Great Meadow.  Call Great Meadow at 540-253-5000.

Race Sponsors

HBPA VTA Virginia Equine Alliance OCCC Co-Op