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Mark of the Feminine

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Preservation Jazz…

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The Victory Belles…

Sep 15 - Nov 19, 2014
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True Colors Exhibition

Sep 15 - 18, 2014
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Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 16 - 16, 2014
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Sep 16 - 30, 2014
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Maple Leaf Bar…

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Sep 16 - Nov 25, 2014
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Sep 16 - Nov 25, 2014
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Sep 16 - Oct 7, 2014
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Funk Monkey featuring…

Sep 17 - 24, 2014
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Grammy Award-winning…

Sep 17 - 24, 2014
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Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 17 - 24, 2014
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Lakefront Arena…

Sep 17 - 17, 2014
Demi Lovato's World Tour makes a stop at the Lakefront Arena - this will be one… more

Pat O'Brien's Halfway…

Sep 17 - 17, 2014
The Leprechauns will make a mid-year appearance this year when Pat O'Brien's… more

The Victory Belles…

Sep 17 - 17, 2014
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 15 - 15, 2014
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BEST BARTENDER OF NEW ORLEANS CONTEST COMES TO FAIR GROUNDS FOR FIRST TIME DEC. 15

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jim Mulvihill, Communications and Pari-Mutuel Marketing Manager, 504.948.1233, james.mulvihill@fgno.com

NEW ORLEANS (Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012) - The annual Best Bartender of New Orleans Contest Presented by Wild Turkey 81 comes to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the first time during the races on December 15. After thousands of preliminary votes were cast at WhereYat.com, the three finalists will appear in a live "mix-off" in Fair Grounds Clubhouse that afternoon from 12:30-3:30 p.m.

The three Best Bartender finalists, as determined by visitors to the Where Y'At website, are Corey Fayette of The Boot, George Pool of the Mid-City Yacht Club and Lauren Soboul of Finn McCool's. Over the afternoon judging period at Fair Grounds the finalists will each prepare and serve roughly 500 two-ounce sample servings of their original Wild Turkey 81 recipe.

The 13th Annual Best Bartender of New Orleans Contest is open to the public. All guests will sample the drinks and vote on the winner, who will receive the Grand Prize of a two-night stay at Hotel Monteleone, the official hotel of Fair Grounds.

Admission to the Best Bartender of New Orleans is free with regular Clubhouse admission of $10 at the door.

About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation's third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 10 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 141st Thoroughbred Racing Season runs through March 31, 2013, highlighted by the milestone 100th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby for Kentucky Derby hopefuls on March 30, 2013. More information can be found online at http://www.fairgroundsracecourse.com/.