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Andrew Jackson: Hero…

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Tai Chi/Chi Kung

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DANCING WITH THE…

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Mark Steinmetz: South

Jan 28 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Music at the Mint…

Jan 28 - 28, 2015
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17th Annual Martin…

Jan 26 - Mar 7, 2015
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LIVE REINDEER AT FAMILY DAY ON DECEMBER 22!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

  • Photos with Santa Claus in the Trackside Tent
  • Cookie Decorating, Ornament Making, Face Painting and More
  • Food Trucks: Rue Chow, Woody's, Freshjunkie, Bratz Y'all

NEW ORLEANS (Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012) - Bring your kids and grandkids to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Dec. 22 for an unforgettable afternoon of holiday fun with live reindeer and creative activities like cookie-decorating, ornament-making and face-painting! Family Day runs from Noon to 4 p.m. in the Trackside Tent. You won't find a better family bargain this holiday season, as children 12 and under are free and admission for everyone else is only $5!

With their majestic antlers, the live reindeer - named Dancer and Baby Rudy - are sure to mesmerize kids and adults alike. Also known as the caribou in North America, the reindeer is a species of deer native to Arctic and Subarctic regions.

Whenever reindeer are around you know Santa Claus can't be far behind. The jolly fat man will be available to entertain gift wishes, take photos (printed on the spot to take home for $5 apiece), and maybe even give dad a tip on a horse.

Supplies for all of the family-friendly activities - cookie-decorating, ornament-making, face-painting and coloring - will be provided by Fair Grounds.

Guests can enjoy complimentary hot cocoa, along with hot dogs, soft drinks, red and green Kool-Aid and more. A few of the city's most popular food trucks and pop-up vendors will also be on hand with their inventive fare, including Rue Chow (changing menu could have anything from cheeseburger sliders to Korean barbecue), Woody's Fish Tacos (shrimp and fish tacos), Freshjunkie (salads and wraps) and the new Bratz Y'all (sausages).

Family Day coincides with Santa Super Saturday Presented by Lee Tractor Company & Kubota Tractors, an afternoon of high-quality racing with three stakes on the turf. First post for the 12-race program is 1 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST).

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/.