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Grove City will bid farewell to track April 26


Grove City will hold its own farewell to the local thoroughbred racetrack with the Beulah Park Celebration, set for noon to 5 p.m. April 26, at , 3811 Southwest Blvd.

The event celebrating the 91-year-old track before it closes for good May 3 will feature speakers Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage, B.J. Roach and Gary Johnson; live racing; and an open buffet.

LifeCare Alliance, which provides services to assist older adults and medically challenged residents in Franklin County, will sell vintage, race-worn silk jockey jackets donated by Beulah Park.

"The city decided we wanted to do something to basically recognize Beulah Park for being a significant part of our community's history," said Parks and Recreation Director Kim Conrad. "(It was decided) the best way to do this is give people one last chance to come out."

The celebration will be held in Beulah's clubhouse. Gates open at 11 a.m. with a ceremony beginning at noon. The buffet will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Racing begins at 1:15 p.m.

"It's very informal," Conrad said.

Tickets are $10 each and available for purchase at the Grove City Parks and Recreation Department, 4035 Broadway. Those with a ticket will receive a coin commemorating the track's history. All proceeds from ticket and jacket sales will go toward the LifeCare Alliance Meals-on-Wheels program.

There are 500 tickets available for the event, Conrad said, adding that those who buy a ticket will also be able to park in the lot off Grant Avenue.

For information about the event, visit grovecityohio.gov or call 614-277-3050.