Harness races entertain afternoon crowds

Harness races entertain afternoon crowds

Although there was some concern the track would not dry out following heavy weekend rains, temperatures rose into the 90s Monday afternoon and by post time the track was hot and dusty and the drivers were warming up their horses to kick off two days of harness races at the Macoupin County Fair.

“I’m just an old timer who appreciates a good-running horse,” said Charles Wills of rural Carlinville. Wills enjoyed the shade of the grandstand along with scores of other race fans.

“I’m just old enough that I appreciate good handlers. There’s a lot of people today who don’t know what a horse or a cow is,” said Wills, adding, “It’s a part of the fair and we’ve all got to support every bit of the fair. It’s no different than shopping locally or anything else. It’s the pennies, nickels and dimes that keep our economy going.”

With 14 races scheduled over the two-day event, there was plenty of action to entertain both fans of the sport and folks just looking to spend an afternoon at the fair.

Audrey Rosentreter had company in town and she decided to entertain them by bringing them to the harness races. “We just came to check it out and see what it’s about. We live here and we’ve always come to the fair. We were out here in the afternoon so we just thought we’d check out the horse races.”

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