The Woodstock dirt track will be lighting up the sky over Cherokee County with a large fireworks display in the middle of the night’s full racing program. Local dignitaries, including Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques and members of the Georgia Economic Development Group will be attendance.
“We are very excited to be hosting them all,” track spokeswoman Mia Green said. “Most of them have never been here to see a race. We are excited about putting on a show for all the fans, and also for them.”
Green expects fans to turn out early in both the tailgating section and the grandstands. Tailgaters will be cooking out early and staking their spots against the fence where the mud will be flying.
“They have a good time over there,” Green said. “They will sit there with their tents up barbecuing this weekend. It will be a good atmosphere.”
In the grandstands, fans will claim their spots early by blanketing their spots in the bleachers.
“We open up the gates early so that people can put their blankets out,” Green said. “It’s first come, first serve — all general-admission seating — but we do allow people to come and place their blankets and chairs. It is an honor system, but we have never had a problem with people moving blankets or chairs, so it works pretty good.”
Wherever a fan chooses to sit, they are permitted to bring coolers, but alcohol is only allowed in the tailgate section. Green said that allowing fans to bring food and drinks into the track is a way to keep it affordable for those who may not have the extra money for the cash-only concession stand.
“A lot of tracks around have cut down on that and won’t allow coolers, but we like the experience,” Green said. “We have full concessions, but it can help save money for those who can’t come in a load up on the concession stand. They can bring drinks and food — just no glass and no alcohol in the grandstands.”
For many fans, this is a must-see event.
“It’s kind of a like a tradition for people,” Green said. “We play Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the USA’. To this day, I will have fans say, ‘When I hear that song, I think of Dixie.’”
As with every race day, track officials will be watching the radar closely. There have been rain showers in the area several days over the past week, but tonight’s forecast calls for just a 20-percent chance of rain.
Ticket prices for tonight’s races start at $12 for adults in the grandstand. Ages 9-17 are just $6 and children 8 and under are free. Tailgate tickets are $17 per person, while pit passes at $25 each. Gates open at 5 p.m., with racing to begin at 7 p.m.