The Galway Committee of CSCI celebrates the sister city relationship between Chicago and Galway, Ireland with the 16th Annual Oyster Festival of Racing. Chicago’s own Oyster Festival of Racing pays tribute to two of Ireland’s most popular annual events, the Galway Races and the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, by bringing together enticing food and exciting horse racing in one day of Irish jubilation.
The 2013 Oyster Festival of Racing takes place on Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 1–6:30 p.m. (brunch begins at 1:30 p.m.; racing begins at 2:10 p.m.) at The Turf Club of Hawthorne Race Course at 3501 S. Laramie Avenue in Stickney/Cicero, IL.
Tickets are $75 per person or $750 per table. A buffet featuring oysters accompanied by thoroughbred horse racing, live Irish music, a silent auction and raffle prizes constitute the celebration.
Raffle tickets are available for $20 for a chance to win a trip for two to Ireland, Chicago sports packages, downtown hotel getaways, dining gift certificates and many more prizes. Raffle prize winners need not be present to win.
Proceeds raised help to fund the Galway Committee’s educational and cultural initiatives, including sponsorship of the creation of the Circle of Life park in Galway, Ireland that will honor organ and tissue donors and their families.
The 2013 Oyster Festival of Racing is dedicated in memory of one of the Galway Committee’s best friends and strongest supporters, Frank McMahon, who strongly believed in the importance of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Galway and loved the races.