The 158th annual Listowel Harvest Racing Festival
Serious Racing and Sensational Style
The Race is on ... to the most sociable and stylish race meeting of the Season - the 7 day Listowel Harvest Racing Festival, from Sunday 11th to Saturday 17th of September. Racing highlights include the €175,000 Guinness Kerry National Handicap Steeplechase (Grade A) on Wednesday 14th; the €55,000 Guinness Handicap Hurdle on Thursday 15th and the Listowel Races Supporters Club Sponsored Race 'The Slán Abhaile" on Saturday 17th September. This year the total Prize Money over the 7-days is €1.2 million (€1,225,500). Fashionable racers of all ages can look forward to three days of Best Dressed competitions, including dedicated categories for gentlemen, ladies, younger racers, vintage lovers, couples and new this year - the Most Stylish Selfie!. The fashion highlight of the week is the McElligott’s Honda Ladies Day on Friday 16th of September judged by TV Presenter Maura Derrane and Ireland’s Snapchat Star, James Patrice, with a total cash prize fund of €6,000. As always, in addition to top quality National Hunt and Flat racing, the Listowel Racing Committee have organised an extensive range of free entertainment, including the Kerry Group family Day; daily race card draws with cash prizes, promotions, music and more. Celebrating 158 years of racing, Listowel is the place to be if you love serious racing, family fun, fashion competitions for all ages and meeting friends old and new. For more information on Listowel Races contact 068 21144 / 21172 or visit www.listowelraces.ie
The Listowel Harvest Racing meeting opens on Sunday 11th of September with the Kerry Group Family Day where all children under 12 years of age go FREE (when accompanied by an adult). Family entertainment for kids of all ages is guaranteed and is kindly sponsored by Garvey’s Supervalu in Listowel. Highlights include Giggles the Clown as the DJ and host for the day, face painting, bouncy party slide, temporary tattoo table and Fuji Photo will take your Kerry Group Family Day photo and print it for free, sponsored by McGuires Pharmacy in Listowel.
Sharp Dressed Man! Thursday 15th of September
The East River Store Best Dressed Man attracts well dressed gentlemen from all over Munster and beyond. All sharp dressed men of all ages are eligible to enter. First prize is €1,000.
The McElligott’s, Tralee / Honda Ladies Day. Friday 16th of September
One of Ireland’s most glamorous events, the annual McElligott’s Honda Ladies Day will take place on Friday 16th of September. The judges are Maura Derrane, the stylish TV personality and presenter of the TODAY Show, and James Patrice, Snapchat Star. The cash prize fund has been increased to €6,000, with prizes for Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Couple, Jazziest Headpiece, Most Glamorous Young Racer, and new this year, Most Stylish Selfie!.
The winner of the McElligott’s Honda Best Dressed Lady will receive a cash prize of a cheque for €3,000. The first runner up will receive a cheque for €1,000 and second runner up a cheque for €500. In addition, Listowel Races are sponsoring a prize of €500 for the most Glamorous Young Racer under 25 years of age, with a 1st runner up prize of €300, and two runner up prizes of €100. The winners of the McElligott’s Honda Jazziest Headpiece will receive a cheque for €500; the McElligott’s Honda Best Dressed Couple will win a weekend for two in The Brehon Hotel, Killarney and the McElligott’s Honda Most Stylish Selfie will receive a Smart Phone. Judges will be on the course from 1pm, so remember to arrive early and dress to impress. Our judges will be sharing their own style secrets and advice on Listowel Races social media pages, so follow the hashtags for some winning tips! #listowelraces#mcelligottshondaladiesday
Best Up-cycled / Re-styled or Authentic Vintage outfit. Saturday 17th of September
The Listowel Tidy Towns Group, in association with An Taisce, Best Presentation of an Up-cycled / Re-styled or Authentic Vintage outfit will be judged by well known fashionista Orlagh Winters and Susan Vickers from An Taisce. There will be 5 male and 5 female finalists and the overall winner in each category will receive a €300 cash prize, with generous prizes sponsored by Listowel Race Company, McCarthy Brokers of Listowel, Broderick’s Pharmacy and the local businesses in Listowel Town.
Outfits should be created from an original item of any material and the more imaginative the finished piece the better! A photograph of the item in its original state would be of great assistance to the judges in choosing the eventual winners. This is the fourth year Tidy Towns are hosting this event to highlight the potential of Waste Minimisation, in the imaginative reuse of items we may have previously just discarded. It continues to grow in popularity and is a stylish finale to 3 days of best dressed competitions at Listowel.
Newly opened €1.3 million state-of-the-art Food Hall, Bar and Viewing Area
There is more good news for racegoers this year, with the opening of the €1.3 million state-of-the-art Food Hall, Bar and Viewing Area, adjacent to the parade ring. Replacing the old Snack Bar, the Old Weir Food Hall is designed to serve people who want to grab a quick bite, but don’t want to waste time on eating when there are exciting races to watch and bet-on! The Riverside Bar on the upper level will accommodate Sponsors, Owners & Trainers on race-days.
Save your heels – we have got Wheels!
The Directors of Listowel Races have organized a complimentary Double Decker bus service from the centre of Listowel Town to the race course on the McElligotts Honda Ladies Day on Friday 16th of September. There will also be complimentary flip flops and ponchos – so ladies can arrive pain free and in style for Ladies Day!
Admission is only €20 each day / OAP / Students: €12 and children under 12 have free admission to the race course, when accompanied by an adult. New this year is an online ticketing system to facilitate easy online purchase. Generous group, corporate, sports clubs and pre booking discounts also available including 7 day ticket for the price of 5 days; 20% discount for pre purchase of 20 tickets or more.
For more information on Listowel Races contact 068 21144 / 21172 or visit www.listowelraces.ie. Remember to follow the #listowelraces for updates and to join the conversation!