Fans say goodbye to Michigan harness racing track
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Thousands of harness racing fans flocked to a southern Michigan track to bid farewell before the 70-year-old raceway is demolished.
The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that Jackson Harness Raceway celebrated its final hurrah Sunday by hosting a dozen horse races. The track has been closed for 10 years but reopened this weekend so community members could say goodbye ahead of the scheduled demolition.
Co-organizer Mike Way says up to 7,000 people attended the event honoring the track’s history. Way says he saw many tears from people with a passion for the sport.
Brenda Friend worked as a teller at the raceway. She fulfilled her dream of taking a lap around the track in a cart Sunday.
Friend says harness racing is a family event. She says kids growing up now don’t know what they’re missing.