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Fun, Affordable Family Entertainment with Dollar Day, Festive Fireworks, Willie Nelson’s Family Picnic and Vans Warped Tour July 3-6, 2008!

HOUSTON (June 24, 2008)— Celebrate a long holiday weekend with a variety of affordable family fun featuring live racing, live music events and an array of family activities at Sam Houston Race Park ( Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6, 2008. 

The Park invites Houstonians and visitors alike to bring family and friends out to enjoy a series of holiday-themed events featuring live racing and special concert and family events kicking off on Thursday, July 3 with Dollar Day at The Park, where everything from parking, admission and racing programs to food and drinks are available for just $1 each. 

Enjoy Independence Day with the annual July 4th Celebration at The Park. The All-American celebration will feature live Quarter Horse racing beginning at 5:00 p.m., fantastic holiday-themed dining packages from new Executive Chef Hugo Gomez, live entertainment at The Showgrounds on the Sugar Hill Emerging Artist Stage from Three Fantastic, Southern Backtones and Arthur Yoria, family activities and more.  Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for The Park’s food drive benefiting the Houston Food Bank (  Immediately following live racing events, The Park will host one of Houston’s largest and most patriotic fireworks displays in town. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.

The party continues on Saturday, July 5, as The Showgrounds ( hosts Willie Nelson’s Family Picnic ( The day-long festival, in its 36th year of operation, includes performances from top country music acts such as Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Asleep At The Wheel, David Allen Coe, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver and Los Lonely Boys along with country music icon Willie Nelson.  Gates will open at 12 p.m. and the show will begin at 1 p.m.  The Winner’s Circle Restaurant will open at 4 p.m. and offer an array of all-you-can-eat items including signature items such as carving stations, a variety of side dishes, fresh salads as well as a chocolate fountain and the build-your-own ice cream bar.  Dinner is available for $17.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. 

The weekend of activities will close out with the Vans Warped Tour taking place in the West Lot of The Park on Sunday, July 6. Vans Warped Tour is one of the most popular all-ages touring music and extreme sports festivals in America. The tour will showcase multiple stages and music from Angels & Airwaves, Paramore, Gym Class Heroes, The Academy Is…, Story of the Year, Bedouin Soundclash, Reliant K, Every Time I Die, From First to Last, Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, Against Me and more!

Ticket packages are available for all live racing and concert events online at  Additional concert tickets are available at or or by phone at 800-211-3381, at participating Houston-area Randalls stores and at The Showgrounds box office located at the South Gate near the Valet Circle.  Racing and concert events are open to patrons of all ages. All dates, acts, and ticket prices subject to change without notice.  Rain or Shine. 

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located 15 minutes from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including 19 luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and Jockey Club.  The Park’s newest addition, The Showgrounds, is an all-ages venue that hosts annual Country, Classic Rock and Contemporary concert events throughout the year.  For more information on upcoming shows, events and tickets, please visit, or call 800-211-3381.

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