The St. John’s Racing and Entertainment Centre in Goulds is celebrating 50 years of harness racing.
Keith Hutchings, minister of Innovation, Business and Rural Development, in a news release called the anniversary a “tremendous milestone.”
“Operating a facility of this nature and growing an industry to where it stands today requires a collective effort and solid community partnerships. After a half a century of business, it is clear that all those involved have committed to this thinking and delivered a first-rate product and facility for its customers to enjoy,” Hutchings said.
The horse racing facility, at 65 Lakeview Dr., will be celebrating the anniversary Sunday with Hutchings, St. John’s Mayor Dennis O’Keefe, and officials from the racetrack, as well as the Newfoundland Harness Horse Owners Association.
Planned events include a barbecue, music, face painting, pony rides, and a historical display.
Keith Gowan, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Harness Racing Association, said 50 years of racing in Newfoundland is reason for celebration.
“The association looks forward to many more years of harness racing and a continued strong partnership with St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre,” he said.
For more information, visit the horse track’s website at www.stjre.com