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NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, March 13, 2013) - The fourth annual Fair Grounds Crawfish Boil Benefitting the Louisiana Horse Rescue Association is set for Monday evening, 5-7 p.m., on the first floor of the Grandstand (west side). A free screening of the award-winning documentary T-GALOP: A Louisiana Horse Story will follow at 7 p.m. on the apron next to the winner's circle.
The crawfish boil will feature 800 lbs. of crawfish with potatoes and corn, a crawfish eating contest spearheaded by the jockeys and a live auction. Items up for grabs in the auction include jockey silks autographed by Triple Crown-winning jockey Steve Cauthen and a Clubhouse dining table for four on Thanksgiving Day, which includes admission and buffet.
Crawfish boil tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased in advance by e-mailing Sandra Salmen in Horsemen's Relations at Sandra.firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be available at the door as well. Beer will be available for $2, water and soda for $1.
All proceeds go to the Louisiana Horse Rescue Association's efforts to rehabilitate injured or mistreated horses and find new homes for them.
"The LHRA is doing such important work ensuring that retired racehorses go to a good home," said Salmen, one of two Fair Grounds staffers on the LHRA board. "Fair Grounds is proud to do everything we can to assist them."
The T-GALOP screening will follow the crawfish boil starting at sunset, about 7 p.m. The screening was rescheduled after high winds caused the originally scheduled showing last Saturday to be postponed.
Seating for the film will be available on a first-come, first-served in the trackside bleachers and the Grandstand, but lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged for the space along the apron closest to the screen.
T-GALOP, which explores the ties between Louisianans and horses, was awarded the Louisiana Feature Film Prize at the 2012 New Orleans Film Festival. A portion of the film focuses on the rich history of Cajun jockeys and horse racing at Louisiana's infamous bush tracks, past and present.
No outside food or drinks will be permitted. Concessions will be available for purchase in the Fair Grounds Grandstand. No pets allowed.
More About T-GALOP
Creole cowboys and Cajun jockeys, Cotton Knights and Mardi Gras revelers reveal the long history and blend between Creoles and Cajuns and the horses they love. This equine love affair began more than 250 years ago on the first ranches of South Louisiana. Creoles and Cajuns are some of America's first cowboys. Not only essential to hard ranch work, horses were often the focus of French Louisiana's renowned joie de vivre. T-GALOP romps playfully across South Louisiana through professional sports to community rituals bearing witness to a modern horse culture that was born many centuries ago. Funded in part by: Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Louisiana Entertainment, Louisiana Economic Development Association, Louisiana Division of the Arts administered through the Acadiana Center for the Arts.
About the New Orleans Film Society
The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) was founded in 1989 and 2013 will mark the 24th anniversary of the New Orleans Film Festival, which has grown into a major showcase of local, regional, national, and international films. In addition to the annual Film Festival each fall, the NOFS hosts special events throughout the year: the French Film Festival, Film-o-Rama, the New Orleans International Children's Film Festival, and other events designed to benefit local film audiences, artists, and professionals. The NOFS also partners with local organizations to present monthly film series - at the Contemporary Arts Center, Chalmette Movies, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Ashé Cultural Arts Center. Throughout the year, the NOFS reaches approximately 20,000 people through its programming.
About the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is a Louisiana non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all Louisianians. The LEH's mission is to provide all Louisianians with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.
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 11 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/.