Tailgating & Activities

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, May 2, 2019. Past prizes have included dinners and hotel stays, airline tickets and gift baskets.

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

Once again, we will be holding our popular hat contest on Race Day!  Join the fun and excitement at 2:15pm in the paddock. A beautiful or whimsical hat celebrating the tradion of racing and the rites of spring are all that is needed to join!  Head to the Paddock around 2:15 to get registered.  Contest begins promptly at 2:15.

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

If you party is located in either the North or South areas of the course tell them at the gate that you are headed to the hat contest to join in the fun! 

 

 

       
 

North Side

Experience the race course from the North side of the track.

The North side is appealing to those guests who are coming to the races from areas North such as Fairfax, Washington, DC and Maryland.  The views are of the final turn before heading down the final strech to the finish line.  Don't worry, you can view the beginning of the race on the big screens as well.

 

 

 

North Railside Party Tent
Price: $3,600.00

Want to watch the horses up close? Feel the breeze as they fly past?  A Railside Party Tent is for you.  Cost includes one 20'x 20' tent along the racecourse rail with a 16' x 20' picket fenced terrace at the entrance to the tent and an 8' x 20' fenced patio facing towards the rail and 25 official race programs.  Space Accommodates up to 100 guests.  Tickets include 100 General Admission Wrist Bands, 25 Reserved car passes and 1 Service Vehicle Pass. 

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General Admission Car Pass (ONLY) - North Rail
Price: $100.00

Admits vehicle and passengers to the North general parking area.  Each person is required to purchase an additional Members Hill Badge or General Admission Wrist Band to gain entrance into the event.   Pack your own picnic basket or purchase food and beverages in the Tavern Tents and enjoy a day of thrilling steeplechase racing.  General Viewing is available in the North & South enclosures only.  

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Mini Bus Pass - North (16-30 guests)
Price: $600.00

Mini Buses are for groups of 16-30 guests.  Cost is for parking the mini bus only, you will need to secure a mini bus thru a private company.  Each person is required to purchase a Members Hill Badge or General Admission Wrist Band to gain entrance into the event.  

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Commercial Bus Pass - North (31-55 guests)
Price: $1,000.00

Commercial buses holding 30-55 guests require this special bus pass.  Cost is for parking the bus only, you will need to secure a bus thru a private company. Each person is required to purchase a Members Hill Badge or General Admission Wrist Band to gain entrance into the event.    

Vehicles without the proper pass will be not be allowed to enter the event parking area.

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Security
Price: $400.00

Security is required between the hours of 11am to 5pm for railside parties of 100 or more guests.
If you ordered two or more railside party tents, please order security as well!

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Van / Limo Pass - North (7-15 guests)
Price: $400.00

Have a larger group but don't need a bus?  Van / Limo passes are for groups of 7-15 guests.  Typical size of van is referred to as a "commuter van" for easy reference. Cost is for parking the van / limo only, you will need to secure a van / limo thru a private company.  Each person is required to purchase Members Hill Badge or General Admission Wrist Band to gain entrance into the event. 

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Rail 4 Tailgate Tent - North
Price: $1,550.00

Includes a 15'x15' tent on Rail 4 with 12 official race programs to accommodate up to 24 guests. Tickets include 1 Reserved Rail car pass which park near your tent, 5 General North car passes and 24 Personal Wrist Bands.  Located on the 4th row within the North Tailgate area.  

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Rail 1 North
Price: $600.00

Includes a 12'x 20' space within the North tailgate enclosure. The space comfortably accommodates 12 guests.

Package includes 1 Reserved Parking pass, 1 North General Admission car pass and 6 General Admission Wrist Bands.  

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Rail 2 North
Price: $500.00

Located behind Rail 1 North.  The space comfortably accommodates 12 guests.

Package includes 1 Reserved Parking pass, 1 North General Admission car pass and 6 General Admission Wrist Bands. 

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Rail 3 North
Price: $400.00

Located behind Rail 2 North.  The space comfortably accommodates 12 guests.

Package includes 1 Reserved Parking pass, 1 North General Admission car pass and 6 General Admission Wrist Bands. 

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General Admission Wrist Band
Price: $25.00

General Admission Wrist Bands are required for all persons located in the North or South areas of the race course.  Children 12 and under do not need a band, if they are accompanied by an adult.  You may upgrade your General Admission Wrist Band to a Members Hill badge for $30 (cash only) at the 3 entrances to Members Hill on race day.

 

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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

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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

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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.   

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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.

 

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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

 

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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. 

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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
 

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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 

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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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.  

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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.  

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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.

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South Side

The South Side is located along the first and second turns in most of the races.  If you are coming to the races from Winchester, Richmond, Fredericksburg or most of Fauquier County you will enjoy the ease of getting on & off Route 17 by booking a space here.

Your party can view the final stretch of the race course on the big screens, ensuring you don't miss any of the action! 

South Railside Party Tent
Price: $3,600.00

Catch all the action right along the race course rail in a South Railside Party Tent.  Cost includes one 20'x 20' tent on the racecourse rail with a 16' x 20' picket fenced terrace at the entrance to the tent and an 8' x 20' fenced patio facing towards the rail and 25 official race programs.  Space Accommodates up to 100 guests.  Tickets include 100 General Admission Wrist Bands, 25 Reserved car passes and 1 Service Vehicle Pass. 

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General Admission Car Pass (ONLY) - South Rail
Price: $100.00

Admits vehicle passengers to the South general parking area.  Each person is required to purchase an additional Members Hill Badge or Personal Wrist Band to gain entrance into the event.  Pack your own picnic basket or purchase food and beverages in the Tavern Tents and enjoy a day of thrilling steeplechase racing.  General Viewing is available in the North and South enclosures only.  

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Mini Bus Pass - South (16-30 guests)
Price: $600.00

Mini Buses are for groups of 16-30 guests.  Cost is for parking the mini bus only, you will need to secure a mini bus thru a private company.  Each person is required to purchase a Members Hill Badge or General Admission Wrist Band to gain entrance into the event. 

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Van / Limo Pass - South (7-15 guests)
Price: $400.00

Have a larger group but don't need a bus?  Van / Limo passes are for groups of 7-15 guests.  Typical size of van is referred to as a "commuter van" for easy reference. Cost is for parking the van / limo only, you will need to secure a van / limo thru a private company.  Each person is required to purchase a Members Hill Badge or General Admission Wrist Band to gain entrance into the event. 

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Security
Price: $400.00

Security is required between the hours of 11am to 5pm for railside parties of 100 or more guests.
If you ordered two or more railside party tents, please order security as well!

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Rail 4 Tailgate Tent - South
Price: $1,550.00

Includes a 15'x15' tent on Rail 4 with 12 programs to accommodate up to 24 guests. Tickets include 1 Reserved Rail car pass which park near your tent, 3 General South car passes and 16 General Admission Wrist Bands.  Located on the fourth row within the South Tailgate area.

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Rail 1 South
Price: $600.00

Includes a 12'x 20' space within the South tailgate enclosure. The space comfortably accommodates 12 guests.

Package includes 1 Reserved Parking pass, 1 South General Admission car pass and 6 General Admssion Wrist Bands.  

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Commercial Bus Pass - South (31-55 guests)
Price: $1,000.00

Commercial buses holding 30-55 guests require this special bus pass.  Cost is for parking the bus only, you will need to secure a bus thru a private company.  Each person is required to purchase a Members Hill Badge or General Admission Wrist Band to gain entrance into the event. 

Vehicles without the proper pass will be not be allowed to enter the event parking area.

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Rail 2 South
Price: $500.00

Located behind Rail 1 South  The space comfortably accommodates 12 guests.

Package includes 1 Reserved Parking pass, 1 South General Admission car pass and 6 General Admission Wrist Bands. 

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Rail 3 South
Price: $400.00

Located behind Rail 2 South.  The space comfortably accommodates 12 guests.

Package includes 1 Reserved Parking pass, 1 South General Admission car pass and 6 General Admission Wrist Bands. 

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Rail 4 South (oversized)
Price: $400.00

At 15' wide x 20' deep and in the back of the South tailgating spaces this oversized space is the perfect space for you if you have a vehicle that is over 7' TALL. Located behind Rail 3 South.  The space comfortably accommodates 12 guests.

Package includes 1 Reserved Parking pass, 1 South General Admission car pass and 6 General Admission  Wrist Bands. 

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Paddock Parking 1
Price: $600.00

Includes a 12'x 20' space adjacent to the paddock enclosure. The space comfortably accommodates 12 guests.

Package includes 1 Reserved Parking pass, 1 South General Admission car pass and 6 General Admission Wrist Bands.  

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Paddock Parking 2
Price: $500.00

Located behind Paddock Parking 1.  The space comfortably accommodates 12 guests. Package includes 1 Reserved Parking pass, 1 South General Admission car pass and 6 General Admission Wrist Bands. 

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Paddock Parking 3
Price: $400.00

Located behind Paddock Parking 2.  The space comfortably accommodates 12 guests. Package includes 1 Reserved Parking pass, 1 South General Admission car pass and 6 General Admission Wrist Bands. 

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General Admission Wrist Band
Price: $25.00

General Admission Wrist Bands are required for all persons located in the North or South areas of the race course.  Children 12 and under do not need a band if they are accompanied by an adult.  You may upgrade your General Admission Wrist Band to a Members Hill badge for $30 (cash only) at the 3 entrances to Members Hill on race day.

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Race Sponsors

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