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Rescheduled race adds Halloween events

The 23rd and final Queen’s Royale sprint car race takes place Saturday at the St. Francois County Raceway on the county fairgrounds. The event, originally scheduled for last month, had to be postponed due to rain and is now being held so close to Halloween that a Trunk or Treat and Costume Contest has been added.

“This used to be a really big event and over the years has lost that, so we’ve decided to rename it, move it to a different time of the year and rebrand it,” said Jeremy Sutton with the St. Francois County Raceway. “People don’t want to miss history in the making, so we’re encouraging everybody to make plans to come out for the last one. We don’t really know what the future holds as far as what exactly we’re going to do yet, but we’re going to try to make it bigger and better in 2019.”

According to Sutton, gates will open at 3 p.m., hot laps will begin at 5 and racing will begin at 6. Admission is $15 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. Pit admission is $35 for adults, $15 for kids 4-12 and kids 3 and under are free.

“We’re racing all classes which is sprint cars, A-modifieds, B-modifieds, super streets and 600cc micros,” Sutton said. “This event is a big sprint car race — their biggest one of the year. It pays $3,000 to the top winner and goes down from there. Every winner will also receive a free cowboy hat, as well as a big trophy.

The Trunk or Treat event will take place on the racetrack during intermission.

“Any driver wishing to participate needs to bring their car and plenty of candy out on the track at the start of intermission,” he said. “All the kids will be invited to the track for a short amount of time to get their candy and look at the cars.

Registration for the Costume Contest will take place from 3 to 3:45 p.m. There will be three age groups: Newborn to 4 years old; 5-8; and 9-12.

“The top three in each age group will receive cash prices,” Sutton said. “The winners of each group will also receive a certificate.”

In addition to the Halloween goodies for the kids, there will also be a wide selection of snack food concessions available for purchase.

“You don’t want to miss it,” Sutton said. “With the added Trunk or Treat and Costume Contest, this is going to be even more fun. It will be a family- and kid-friendly event, and since it’s going to be the last one, everyone will want to be there.”

The 23rd annual Queen's Royale sprint car race takes place Saturday at the St. Francois County Raceway on the county fairgrounds. Added to the rescheduled event is a Trunk or Treat and Costume Contest for the kids.

The 23rd annual Queen’s Royale sprint car race takes place Saturday at the St. Francois County Raceway on the county fairgrounds. Added to the rescheduled event is a Trunk or Treat and Costume Contest for the kids.

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