Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Annual beauty pageant to award more than $2,500 in prize money on Saturday, July 13

Fillies of a different sort will compete not on the track, but on the runway this weekend at Vernon Downs in the 5th Annual Miss Vernon Downs Pageant.

The event, free and open to the public, takes place during live harness racing on Saturday, July 13. The first race is at 6:45 p.m. with the pageant to begin shortly after 7:00 p.m.

This year’s field includes at least a dozen women from the local area including Rome, Clinton, Westmoreland, Boonville and Syracuse. The women will compete in three rounds including evening gown, casual wear and swimsuit. More than $2,500 in prize money will be awarded and the title of Miss Vernon Downs 2013.

“We look forward to this pageant every year as another way to provide our fans with an added bit of fun, unique entertainment during a night at the races,” said Justin Horowitz, Regional Racing Marketing Manager for Vernon Downs. “It’s also a great way to support the many talented and beautiful contestants each year, many of whom are in college and can use the prize money to help further their education.”

Local radio host “Genesee Joe” Trisolino from 92.7 The Drive will serve as the pageant’s emcee.