ANDOVER — It’s officially baseball season and Andover is celebrating in grand slam-style as the 2018 Red Sox World Series trophy comes to town Saturday, May 4.
The trophy-viewing is part of the Ironstone Farm’s annual Derby bash May 4. Along with the viewing, the event includes a USATF-certified 5K walk/run, an optional Texas Roadhouse barbecue, a derby hat contest, a kids stick-horse fun run, music, games and a horse-and-rider performance.
The day concludes with a live showing of the Kentucky Derby, with one person who chooses the winning horse getting half of a 50/50 raffle cash prize. Mint juleps, beer and other drinks are expected to be available.
“It’s a great time for all ages, to raise money for the nonprofit programs at Ironstone Farm, supporting kids with special needs, combat veterans and others,” Marketing Director Neil Fater said in a press release. “There will be different length stick-horse fun runs for kids 10 and younger — decorate your own stickhorse, then take it home. The kids fun run comes with a free hotdog meal.”
Fater said while runners and walkers take on the 5K race, other guests can just come for the food and party.
See https://register.chronotrack.com/r/45748 to register for the 5K.
Here are the Derby bash options:
- $30 for 5K race/walk, including shirt, games, horse-and-rider drill team performance, bouncy horse races, cornhole, music, and a live showing of the 2019 Kentucky Derby;
- $20 for youth 5K entry with tech shirt, games and other party components;
- $20 just for Texas Roadhouse barbecue and party: Texas Roadhouse ribs and chicken plus two sides, salad and bread — plus all the fun of the party
- $15 for stick-horse race (10 and younger), hot dog and party access
- $5 for a kids hotdog meal, plus party access
Learn more at www.ironstonefarm.org/derby.
With its two indoor riding areas and 19 acres, Ironstone Farm on Lowell Street is open 12 months a year, six days a week, serving about 450 clients each week with the help of about 200 weekly volunteers.
On many Sundays, Ironstone offers special events, including free programs for veterans, people diagnosed with cancer, children with special needs seeking adoption and others. Ironstone also has a recreational riding program and summer horseback-riding and nature camps.
Parking for the race will be down Route 133, with shuttle buses running continuously.