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21st annual Charleston Cup Nov. 9

  • Friday, August 15, 2014

Started by the South Carolina Jockey Club in 1986, the Charleston Cup is much more than just a horse race. The cup is the social event of the season and definitely not to be missed.

The race weekend kicks off on Friday, Nov. 7, with the elegant black-tie Race Ball at Hibernian Hall. Live music, fabulous food and a special race preview combine to make this gala party an essential element in the total cup experience.

Rise and shine early on Saturday to participate in the Charleston Cup golf tournament, coordinated by My Sister's House, a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 that provides services, programs and resources to empower domestic violence victims and their children to live free from abuse. Sunday morning, Nov. 9, the real excitement begins as the nation's top riders, trainers and owners prepare to compete for purses totaling $60,000. More than 16,000 spectators will enjoy a full day at the races with exciting steeplechase and flat races.

The gates open at 9 a.m., and attendees arrive early with their picnic baskets packed with everything from champagne and caviar to fried chicken and cold beer. A vendor village and tailgating are in full swing by the time the paddock call rolls around at noon.

Whether you are entertaining clients, relaxing with friends, or just spreading a blanket out for a picnic with a view, the Charleston Cup will provide one and all with the ingredients for a fun-filled weekend.

For tickets and information, visit www.charlestoncup.net or call the cup office at 843-766-6202.

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