34 Raceway giving away school supplies, prizes for children Saturday night

WEST BURLINGTON — 34 career will be host “34 For Children’s Night” on Saturday, and the children in attendance will go home with school supplies and other prizes after what should be a fun night of race car driving.

The event starts at 3:30 p.m. on the dirt track at 10463 S. Prairie Grove Road in West Burlington.

In addition to the races, hundreds of draws will be held for a variety of prizes including gift cards, backpacks of school supplies, games, toys, bikes, scooters, Happy Joe’s Pizza coupons, glow sticks and more.

“Not every kid will get a big prize, but everyone will go home with something,” said Jessi Mynatt, who oversees marketing and promotions for the track. “We have over 40 donors for this event and they are so generous. You were so amazing. And since this is a multi-year event, people have really stepped up to help the children in our community.

“It’s a multi-year event, this is its sixth year and it’s been very successful every year,” added Mynatt. “We could always send each child home with something.”

The driver briefing takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

In this file photo, the Lucas Oil Late Models parade past the grandstands in their four-man formation with missing men at 34 Raceway on Saturday, July 2.

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A fire truck from the West Burlington Fire Department and a rescue helicopter from Fort Madison’s Air Evac Lifeteam will also be on site from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m

The KGRS radio New Mix 107.3 FM broadcasts from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. along the route

At 4pm, doors open for children to register for prize draws and draws begin at 6:15pm

The hot laps also start at 18:15, with racing starting at 19:00 in classes such as 305 Sprints-Winged, Modifieds, Sports Mods, Sport Compact and Dirt Late Models.

After the races, the night ends with fireworks from J&M Displays.

General admission for adults is $10. General admission for students ages 11-17 and seniors 62 and older is $8. Children up to the age of 10 have free admission if they have paid for adult admission. Pit passes cost $30. And Eagle View Community Health Systems tickets will also be honored at the event.

In this file photo, Kirk Kinsley (21m) of Wapello, Wapello, won the stock car feature at 34 Raceway on Saturday June 18th.

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With the recent economic — and everyday — challenges facing many across the country, Mynatt said the event will be an opportunity to help others in the community and say good night’s fun to all in attendance.

“Times are tough,” Mynatt said. “They’re literally tougher than ever and to be able to at least give the kids something, give them something to look forward to, an event to come to and enjoy, that’s a cost-effective one , exciting event where they come to see racers and meet some of their heroes is huge.”

Brad Vidmar is Public Safety and Education Director for The Hawk Eye and can be reached by email at [email protected].

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