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Day at the Races

October 19, 2010

By Brianne Harrison

Fall is a great time to get outside, enjoy the beautiful, changing landscape, and take in a sporting event that’s been around for nearly 100 years. I’m talking about the annual Far Hills Race Meeting, a steeplechase that has its roots in the Essex Hunt, which was founded in Montclair in 1870. This year marks the 90th running of the races. The event will be held October 23, rain or shine.

Now run at bucolic Moorland Farms, the race has grown from a simple gathering to thank local landowners for allowing hunters onto their property into a major event that attracts more than 40,000 spectators. Visitors come to watch world-class steeplechasers race over jumps for thousands of dollars in prize money. Even if you’re not the horsey type, the event is worth attending—families pack extravagant picnics and bring friends along for a fine day out, and for the first time, there will be a Vendor Village this year, offering shopaholics a distraction between races.

Tickets are $50 in advance, $100 day of. Parking is $30. Proceeds benefit the Somerset Medical Center. You can purchase tickets online at farhillsrace.org or at several businesses throughout the state. Visit the website for more information.

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