April 26, 2014
Traffic was backed up all along Garth rd in Albemarle County, as tens of thousands of people flocked to the 37th annual Foxfield Races.
For some, they could've walked to Foxfield faster than their trip in a car.
“We were coming from UVa and it took us two hours to get here, but I think it's totally worth it,” says Helen Phillips, first year at UVa. “I'm so excited to be here and just hang out, socialize and eat some good food.”
The journey there was long, but once inside many people set up camp, eager to enjoy the day.
“We came out just to have a good time and we know that a ton of people are going to be here,” says Katie Varner, first year at UVa.
Everywhere you turned you could see dresses, hats, and bowties, which is normal attire for the afternoon event.
“It's fun to dress up and be classy, wear your big hat,” says Maggie Rossberg. “It's like Charlottesville's version of the Kentucky Derby.”
There were some that came out just to enjoy the sights, while others were looking forward to the races.
“I'm a horse lover, I'm a horse enthusiast, and I have a few mares in the races today,” says Todd Cutruzzula. “I'm a little nervous, one broke his leg last year and we didn't put him down, we recovered, so I feel strongly about it.”
There were five races throughout the day which included hurdle jumps for the horses.
The winners of the races received money. One race purse totaled up to $25,000, but it was all for the love of the sport.
“As our last year here at UVa, we wanted to come out as friends and just get together for one last hoorah before finals start and before we graduate in 23 days,” says Michael Werling, fourth year at UVa.
Many UVa students came out to watch the races, but for them, today was all about getting together and having fun.
It wasn't fun for all, though. Police made nearly two dozen arrests on multiple charges.
For more information on the Foxfield Races you can check out the link under the photo.