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Horse around for the summer with the return of Packwood Grand

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Folake Adesugba Jul 18, 2017 5:16 am 121

For this you’re going to want to trade in your in-style ripped jeans for a “blue-blooded sense of style, sophistication, old-world leisure and charm.”

Don’t know about you but we’re here for some Summer sophistication.

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Esteemed Calgary summer event, Packwood Grand is bringing back another year of lively fashion, refined creations, crafted libations, and a heart-pounding day of standardbred racing in support of Alberta’s horse racing community.

(Packwood Grand)

(Packwood Grand)

“As revelers and supporters of community both locally and nationally, we have moved the event to ensure our guests are able to take in Canada’s 150th celebration and Stampede.

“While still being able to attend Packwood Grand.”  said Co-Executive Producer of Packwood Grand, Cory Edwards.

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(Packwood Grand)

(Packwood Grand)

(Packwood Grand)

They’ve changed the date this year, calling celebrants to Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Balzac, Alberta, on July 29.

Co-founder, Tyler Rygus ensured that “the end of July is promising fantastic weather!”

In a release e-mailed to Daily Hive they stated stakes are high this year.

“Packwood Grand is set to reveal an addition to its annual Style Stakes Fashion Awards with an ode to the horsemen behind ​A Day at the Races.”​

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(Packwood Grand)

In partnership with Calgary Jewellery, the winning horse ​and jockey will be awarded a prize valued at $3000​.

The event is modelled after well-known functions like the Royal Ascot (UK) and the Kentucky Derby (US).

The whole shindig is a contemporary twist on horse racing, fashion, food, and drink.

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(Packwood Grand)

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(Packwood Grand)

In the release they described the event as “the kind of gentrified trot that has thousands of guests eager to return each year.”

If you can imagine you and your squad decked out in your fanciest robes and modern takes on tailcoats toasting with champagne flutes and nibbling on lavish Calgary cuisine while taking in the races then this is for you.

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(Packwood Grand)

“It’s really about getting together, dressing up, and having a good old time at Century Downs,” said Rygus.

Now although the guest list is an exclusive who’s who, and the ambiance is swish the organizers have said “don’t be fooled!”

“Packwood Grand is anything but a ‘stuffy’ affair, as the enlightened celebration of classic good taste is based on a fun, vivaciously playful take on the races that will leave invitees grinning and brimming with cheer.”

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(Packwood Grand)

About how to get your name on the list? We’ve got you covered. Simply send in a request for invitation here. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom.

And if you’re worried about how to dress for a day at the races, basic derby lingo and tips for playing the ponies stress not. Just check out the Packwood Grand blog.

Fun Fact: Did you know Packwood Grand sells the most Veuve Cliquot champagne in a single day in all Alberta.

We’re totally here for the Champagne too.

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(Packwood Grand)

If you want to be part of the estimated 2000 plus Calgarians and Albertans at the 2017 Packwood Grand, event details below.

2017 Packwood Grand

Where: Century Downs Racetrack – 260 Century Downs Drive, AB

When: Saturday, July 29. Red Carpet at 12 pm, races at 1:20 pm.

Tickets: Online, After invitation request.


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Folake Adesugba
Folake is a multilingual journalist who loves working on unique stories in the community. A health and fitness enthusiast who needs her coffee before she can associate in the mornings. She loves the good ol hockey game and is still recovering from the Canucks 2011 playoff run. Have a story you believe the world should hear? Tweet or E-mail [email protected]

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