We invite you to Celebrate Saratoga on Opening Day


The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association Invites You to

Celebrate Saratoga

On Opening Day of the Saratoga Racing Season with Live Performances Downtown


SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – June 28, 2022 - The Saratoga thoroughbred racing season is coming back and the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association invites you downtown to Celebrate Saratoga! The event is scheduled for Thursday, July 14th from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm throughout downtown Saratoga.

Celebrate Saratoga, presented by 4 Pillar Funding, is a performance-driven event welcoming people to downtown Saratoga for the Opening Day of the Saratoga Race Course. The event showcases downtown retailers, restaurants, and live music. Soul Session's Garland Nelson's Motown tribute ensemble Reflections will be performing live on the main stage, while local performers will play at notable landmarks throughout downtown. Meet Upset and Poppy - the miniature horses, enjoy local grub and find out who wins this year's Window Decorating Contest, presented by NYRA.

Racing fans, visitors, and the local community are invited to enjoy the vibrancy of our charming city with live music performances throughout the downtown area, including Soul Session’s Garland Nelson and his Motown tribute ensemble, Reflections, on the main stage located at the Spa City Motor Lodge on the corner of Broadway and Division street, in the heart of downtown. Reflection’s music pays tribute to the golden age of Soul Music from Motown, Staxx Records, Chess Records, and Philadelphia International.





Other performances include Whiskey River Band playing on Caroline Street and Putnam Street. Caroline Street will be closed to traffic from Broadway to Putnam Street, allowing for more pedestrians to flow and gather to listen to the performances. Life Line will be at Impressions, Rick Bolton and Jackie Dugas from Jacksland will be at the Arcade Building, Jeanine Ouderkirk Duo will be at the Saratoga Arts Building, Jes Hudak will be at Ben and Jerry’s, Jeff Brisbin at the Spa City Cafe, and the Dave Fisk Jazz Quartet will be outside Adirondack Trust Company.

President of the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association Deann Devitt says the event will be incredible. ”The DBA is excited to welcome guests and locals back to the Saratoga Race Track and into our businesses with no restrictions this summer. We invite everyone to come downtown on July 14th, do some shopping, enjoy a meal and listen to some amazing musicians. Let’s Celebrate Saratoga together!”

"Let's Celebrate Saratoga together!" -Deann Devitt, President of the Saratoga Springs DBA

In combination with the Celebrate Saratoga event, storefront windows in the downtown area will be decorated as part of the celebration welcoming faces to the Saratoga Race Course. Window decorations will be judged by legendary horsing racing announcer Tom Durkin, popular NEWS10 ABC Saratoga Race Track reporter Cassie Hudson, and local Family Ties actor and financial consultant Scott Valentine. The winners will be announced on the main stage Thursday night and broadcast live on NYRA-TV on July 15th for the Celebrate Saratoga race!



The First place prize includes 2 tickets to the Rail at the 1863 Club, the Second place includes 2 clubhouse reserved seats, and the Third place includes 2 grandstand reserved seats. (all exclude Travers and Whitney Day).


For the public, there will be a drawing at each participating store, where they can Enter to Win the following prize: 2 Clubhouse Reserved Seats for Travers Day.


Window decorating participants include the following businesses: Caroline & Main, Crafter’s Gallery, Complexions Day Spa, Dark Horse, Hatsational, Impressions, Lifestyles, Tailgate and Party, Union Hall Supply Co and G. Willikers Toys.


Special thanks to this year’s Presenting Sponsor, 4 Pillar Funding, and all our other sponsors, including Albany Broadcasting, Adirondack Trust Company, Saratoga Springs Downtown Special Assessments District, Scott Varley Real Estate, NYRA, Crafter’s Gallery, Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors, Union Hall, Star Radio, Playbill Travel, Discover Saratoga, Celtic Treasures, Impressions, The Dark Horse, Spoken Boutique, and The Wine Bar.

About the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association

The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association was formed in the 1960s. Its mission is to market and promote the interest of commerce with a focus on businesses located in the downtown corridor. In addition, they strive to bring about closer cooperation to secure concerted actions in the improvement of business and civic affairs.

For more information on the Celebrate Saratoga Event or the Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association, please contact Kim Leon or Christine O’Donnell at info@saratogaspringsdowntown or by phone - at 518-587-8635. You can also visit www.saratogaspringsdowntown.com.



Who: The Saratoga Springs Downtown Business Association

What: Celebrate Saratoga presented by 4 Pillar Funding is a performance-driven event welcoming people to downtown Saratoga for the Opening Day of the Saratoga Race Track. The event showcases downtown retailers, restaurants and live music. Garland Nelson's Motown Tribute Ensemble will be performing live at the main stage at Spa City Motor Lodge, while local performers will play at notable landmarks throughout downtown. Meet Upset and Poppy - the miniature horses, enjoy local grub; and find out who wins this year's Window Decorating Contest presented by NYRA.

When July 14th, 2022 from 6-9 pm

Where Downtown Saratoga Springs; the main stage is at the Spa City Motor Lodge





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