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Putting on a Race Program at Your Fair

Best Practices Manual

This was written specifically for putting on a race meet in Ohio, but will assist anyone in putting on a race meet, no matter what state you are in. We pulled a couple sections out to download separately, but you can also download the manual in its entirety.

Conducting a Draw
Race Official Duties
Entire Best Practices Manual

Seasonal Checklists

Below are a couple checklists of things to do to prepare your fairgrounds for a race meet:

Month Prior to Your fair

Program Covers

Using Adobe Acrobat, you can personalize our stock program covers with your fair information - just type your fair information in the blue boxes, save and print or email to your printer!
Cover #1Color
Cover #2 Color
Cover #3 Color
Cover #4 B&W
Cover #5 B&W
Cover #6 Color B&W

Program Fillers

Do you have short fields where your past performances only take up half of the page? Below are some program fillers/stock ads and instructions on how to insert them onto your past performance pages.
  • How to insert program filler ads
    • Adobe Acrobat Standard (PDF)
    • Adobe Acrobat Pro (PDF)
  • Quarter Page Fillers
    • Vertical - Generic Fairs PDFJPEG
      Vertical - Hoof Beats Magazine JPEG
      Horizontal - New Vocations Racehorse AdoptionPDFJPEG
      Horizontal - Brady Brown (PA) JPEG
      Horizontal - Aaron Johnston (PA) JPEG
      Horizontal - Nick Roland (IA) JPEG
      Horizontal - Approximate Payoffs PDF
      Horizontal - Place Your Bets PDF
      Horizontal - Hoof Beats Magazine JPEG
  • Third Page Fillers
  • Half Page Fillers
    • Harness Racing Museum PDF JPEG
      Rick Magee (WI - National) JPEG
      Marcus Miller (IL) JPEG
      100 Years in Harness (book) JPEG
      How to Read the Toteboard/Approx. Payoffs PDF
  • Full Page Fillers
    • Common Equipment - PacerPDF
      Common Equipment - TrotterPDF
      Harness Racing FanZonePDFJPEG
      Harness Racing FanZone (color)PDFJPEG
      Own a Racehorse PDF JPEG
      Own a Racehorse (color)PDF JPEG
      Race Sponsors/Officials Page PDF
      Hoof Beats Magazine JPEG
  • How to Read a Program
    • Always B Miki PDF
      Maine - Noble Yaz PDF
      Minnesota - Liquor'skwikker PDF
      New York - Bonita Island PDF
      Ohio - Jailhouse Sam PDF
      Pennsylvania - Cruiserwillwin PDF
      Wisconsin - New Achiever PDF

Track Specifications

If you are looking to build a track or update the one you have, please take a look at these track specifications

Half Mile

Other Links

USTA Rule Book
Track Forms

 Upcoming Fairs
Jul 23 Bedford County Fair (PA )
Jul 23 Boonville Fair (NY)
Jul 23 Elkhart County 4-H Fair (IN)
Jul 23 Fulton County Fair (IL)
Jul 23 Knox County Fair (OH)
Jul 23, 24 Lake County Fair (OH)
Jul 23 Seneca County Fair (OH)
Jul 23, 24 Shelby County Fair (OH)
Jul 24 Clare County Fair (MI)
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Jul 26 Mercer County Fair (KY)
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Jul 28, 29, 30, 31 Effingham County Fair (IL)
Jul 28 Langlade County Fair (WI)
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Jul 28, 29, 30, 31 Neshoba County Fair (MS)
Jul 29, 30 Wood County Fair (OH)
Jul 30, 31 Auglaize County Fair (OH)
Jul 31 Coles County Fair (IL)
Jul 31 Greene County Fair (OH)
Aug 1, 2 Coles County Fair (IL)
Aug 1, 2 Effingham County Fair (IL)
Aug 1 Greene County Fair (OH)
Aug 1, 2 Neshoba County Fair (MS)
Aug 1 St. Lawrence County (NY)
Aug 2, 3 Athens County Fair (OH)
Aug 2, 3, 10, 11, 24 Humboldt County Fair (IA)
Aug 2 Jayland Trotting Association (IN)
Aug 3, 4 Brown County Fair (IL)
Aug 3, 4 Ross County Fair (OH)
Aug 4, 5 Richland County Fair (OH)
Aug 4, 5, 6, 7, 10 TOPSHAM FAIR (ME)
Aug 4, 5 Western Michigan Fair (MI)
Aug 5 Tioga County Fair (NY)
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Aug 6, 7, 8 Champaign County Fair (OH)
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Aug 6 Cuyahoga County Fair (OH)
Aug 6, 7 Greene County Fair (PA)
Aug 6, 7, 27, 31 Indiana State Fair (IN)
Aug 7, 8 Attica Independent Fair (OH)
Aug 8, 9 Ashtabula County Fair (OH)
Aug 8 Franklin County Fair (NY)
Aug 9, 10 Gogebic County Fair (MI)
Aug 9, 10, 14, 15 Illinois State Fair (IL)
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Aug 12, 13, 14, 15 State Fair of West Virginia (WV)
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Aug 16 Orleans County Fair (VT)
Aug 17, 18, 31 Keokuk County Fair (IA)
Aug 17 Whiteside County Fair (IL)
Aug 18, 19 Crawford County Fair (PA)
Aug 19 Elkhart County 4-H Fair (IN)
Aug 19, 20 Lorain County Fair (OH)
Aug 20, 22 Defiance County Fair (OH)
Aug 20, 21 Monroe County Fair (OH)
Aug 20, 21 Oceana County Fair (MI)
Aug 20 Trumansburg Fair (NY)
Aug 22, 23 Allen County Fair (OH)
Aug 23 Miami County Fair (IN)
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Aug 26, 27 Erie County Fair (PA)
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Aug 28, 29 Stark County Fair (OH)
Aug 29, 30 The Great Stoneboro Fair (PA)
Aug 30, 31 Mahoning County Fair (OH)
Aug 31 Fulton County Fair (OH)
Aug 31 Geauga County Fair (OH)
Aug 31 Richwood Independent Fair (OH)
Aug 31 Walworth County Fair (WI)
Sep 1 Keokuk County Fair (IA)
Sep 1, 2 Washington County Fair (OH)
Sep 1, 2 Windsor Fair (ME)
Sep 2 Iowa County Fair (WI)
Sep 2 Mahoning County Fair (OH)
Sep 3 Fulton County Fair (OH)
Sep 4 DeKalb County Fair (IL)
Sep 5 Hardin County Fair (OH)
Sep 6 Morgan County Fair (OH)