Grand Luxury at the Track

Aug 05,2017 Krystle Frisky

On Saturday, July 29th Packwood Grand returned to Century Downs Racetrack and Casino for a day full of elegance, luxury and fashion. As written on their website, Packwood Grand is set to be a true celebration of old world leisure and sophistication. Each year they set the bar high hoping to exceed the previous year, and they definitely succeeded.

Walking into Packwood Grand is like walking into another world. Along with the gorgeous décor and energetic atmosphere, they didn’t let the smallest details get away from them. Walking onto the red carpet and posing at the backdrop makes one feel as though you’ve been transported to the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Men and women arrived in their delicate fascinators, oversized hats, fancy suits and brand-new shoes, to dress to impress. This social event brought out Calgary’s elites to wine, dine and wager on the horse races.

A few of the horsemen, including Jim Marino and Mike Hennessy, could be found on the Apron greeting guests as they arrived. While this is not the typical crowd that you find at the track every weekend, Packwood Grand brings new faces to the track every year, and introduces them to the sport of horse racing.

Some guests opted for the ultimate VIP experience and enjoyed suites in the infield. Guests would walk across the track between races, with their beverages in one hand and cigars in the other, to their track-side seating.

Another year has come and gone, but we’re looking forward to seeing the event at the track next year!

If you missed out on Packwood Grand, be sure to check out the 3rd Annual Mid-Summer Classic on Monday, August 7th. Dress to the nines in fascinators, oversized hats and suits as there will be a Best Dressed Contest, judged by our drivers! Looking to update your wardrobe? Airdrie’s Store Upstairs will be on site in the event tent to provide you will all of your “Derby Style” needs. Stop by our outdoor photo-booth to show off your new duds, which will be posted on the Century Downs Facebook page.

To make sure you get the ultimate VIP experience, check out for the Exclusive World Driving Championship Experience on August 12th. Eleven drivers from all around the world to race at the track for the first leg of the World Driving Championships. Guests will enjoy premium trackside seating from the infield, a complimentary drink and program, and access to the infield buffet. Tickets are limited and are being sold for $50. Tickets will be sold the day of on the Apron.

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