Steeplechase: New group plans earlier date and support of local charities including Boys & Girls clubs — but still lacks ‘Northwest’ in that title.

Steeplechase: New group plans earlier date and support of local charities including Boys & Girls clubs — but still lacks ‘Northwest’ in that title.

We have some updates today on the “new” Steeplechase now set for the first Saturday in April. It will be at Kingston Downs, straddling the Floyd-Bartow County border once again, but the name still lacks any regional indication. “Atlanta” is now gone, replaced by “The Georgia Steeplecase.”

What to know:

  • The new event is set for April 7 or the Saturday after Easter.
  • The new organizers will “honor past attendees reserved boxes and parking spots until┬áJan. 1.” You can get more details on that by clicking Steeplechase.
  • There’s a hat parade and contest as well as Jack Russell Terrier races.
  • What it costs: The lowest priced one we found is for $50 (not including a $25 parking pass). This is for infield access only. Other packages go from $600, including four tickets and a parking pass, to a $500 per person ticket to the chairman’s pavilion. A table for 10 goes for $5,000.
  • Look for food trucks as well as a “vineyard row.”

Charities it pledges to support:

“Proceeds will be divided among the Boys and Girls Clubs in the counties listed below, Trinity Rescue and Save the Horses. We will also be collecting donations for MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program at the event.” Among those clubs “listed below” are Boys & Girls Clubs of Bartow County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Boys & Girls Clubs of North Georgia and Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Georgia & BGCGMW.

What to watch:

Will the new edition capture some of the allure from the original. Even in its later years, Steeplechase had lost a lot of the “business” draw it was once known for. For years, it was a networking haven but that had been fading in recent years.

 

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