The Porch Decorating Contest will take place between Wednesday, July 31 and Monday, August 5, ensuring that homes will look their very best for Saratoga’s upcoming Floral Fete, the Whitney Stakes and for the overall 150th anniversary weekend of the Race Course.
Prizes will be given in the following categories: Most Elegant, Most Track Inspired, Most Historically Accurate and Wildcard. The winner of each category will receive the opportunity of naming a race during the New York Racing Association’s 2013 Saratoga Race Course season. In addition to naming the race and their race name being displayed in the Post Parade Program; the winner will present the trophy for their race; the race will be broadcast to millions on NYRA TV; and a NYRA will present the winner with a photo of the race presentation in a crystal picture frame.
Race naming will occur between Friday, August 7 and September 2. The prize is not transferable or available for substitute. Prize must be redeemed during the 2013 meet. Winners will be notified by the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation regarding their win. The date winners select is subject to NYRA final approval.
The Porch Decorating Contest will draw attention to homes in the Race Course Gateway corridor. Homes within the following boundaries are eligible to be judged and win prizes: Circular Street, Lake Avenue, East Avenue and Lincoln Avenue, including Nelson Avenue to Crescent Avenue; and Fifth Avenue to Henning Road. The porch must be visible from the street.
Decorating must be completed by Wednesday, July 30 at noon and the porch must remain decorated until noon Monday, August 5. Judging will take place between noon, Wednesday, July 31 and 5 p.m. Friday, August 2. The winner of each category will be notified on Monday, August 5 and photographs of winners will take place on Tuesday, August 6.