CONTACT: Karen Wheaton
Public Programs Coordinator
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, ext. 120
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - La Fiesta, or "Fiesta en el Museo de la Hipica," a free festival of traditional arts associated with the racetrack and its workers will be presented on Tuesday, August 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Jockey Recreation Center on Union Avenue.
The eighth edition of the program is sponsored by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in cooperation with the New York Racing Association. La Fiesta was not held in 2004.
The festival was developed through research grants provided by the Folk Arts program of the New York State Council on the Arts, and presents traditional arts, crafts, and foods of backstretch racetrack workers, many of them grooms and stable workers. Traditions presented – in English and in Spanish – include braiding, horse grooming, paper cutting, poetry and music. Traditional foods will be available for purchase from El Mariachi III restaurant.
Musical entertainment for the evening includes Alcatraz, an Afro-Peruvian five piece ensemble. Additional artist will also perform
In conjunction with the La Fiesta program, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, located at 191 Union Avenue, will be open to visitors free of charge from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is located across from the Saratoga Race Course on Union Avenue in Saratoga Springs. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from noon – 4:00 p.m. Hours during the Saratoga Race Meet are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. Programs at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame are made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency. Call 518- 584- 0400 for more information.