September 30, 2007
Sunday was perfect fall weather for family day at the Foxfield Races. Thousands turned out for the annual Charlottesville tradition.
There are two big races at Foxfield: one in the spring and one in the fall. The fall race is more laid back and attracts families.
"I mean this is nice and quiet," said Colleen Strong. "It can be as crazy as you want it to be but as laid back and sweet and wholesome as you want it to be, and that's what I like about it."
The Strongs were among thousands tailgating at Foxfield, but in the end, the day really went to the dogs. The Jack Russell terriers stole the show.
Money raised at the races benefits the Service Dogs of Virginia. These dogs are trained to perform tasks that are difficult, if not impossible for someone who is disabled.
"They are a great friend, and they provide wonderful companionship for someone, and they're also a social magnet," said Peggy Law, the director of the Service Dogs of Virginia.
Kids could not resist these furry friends on family day.
"Our kids can run around, they see their friends from school and their friends from all over, and it's a safe place, and it's fun," said Law. "We enjoy watching the children. It brings out the child in all of us."
Organizers expected 3,000-4,000 people to attend Sunday, much less than the throng of 25,000 who attend the spring races.