Scarborough Downs’ second annual Family Fun Day, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 20, will feature a full day of fun activities for the whole family with a special focus on harness racing education.

The day kicks off with a special educational youth clinic “Introduction to Harness Racing Horsemanship” from 9 a.m. to noon. Kids ages 8-18 can sign up for the classroom and hands-on instructions, which includes a horseshoeing demonstration, a “Day in the Life of a Harness Race Horse,” demonstration starring Gary Moore’s retired Standardbred race horse, Mill-Zee, which will show kids how to groom horses and see what they eat and drink on a typical day. Driver Rob Dinning will also demonstrate how to suit up a horse before a race.

At 1 p.m., there will be a special live performance by young country music sensation, Brian Philip Wardwell, known as the “Future of Country Music,” who has been performing all over the state since he was 5 years old. He most recently sang the national anthem at Fenway Park.

The track will also host a mare and foal from Cranberry Meadow Farm in Wells, and kids can get up close to the animals and ask questions about them. There will be a visit by two 36-inch tall miniature horses, harness racing educational displays, and a performance by Abracadabra Magician Phil Smith. Winnie, the Harness Racing Promotional Board mascot, will also be giving out balloons to all guests.

Admission is free for all programs. For more information, call 883-4331.


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