The first event at the newly revamped Prescott Valley Raceway Event Center (formerly Coors Event Center at Yavapai Downs) takes place next weekend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 22 and 23, and the "Everything Sale" will feature items to buy, sell or trade. Individuals interested in selling their wares may still register, as sale booths are available. The reasonably priced spaces for sellers include concrete and dirt areas.
"It's different than your usual yard sale," said Sales and Event Marketing Director Eddie de la Cruz.
For instance, the event includes an assortment of RVs, trailers, crafts, furniture, farm and domestic animals and more. Parking and admission is free.
De la Cruz said more upcoming special events will include a gun show in January and special dog performances later in the year. The center's Web site lists a colorful entertainment listing suitable for all ages and interests. In addition, the new horseracing season begins Memorial Day weekend.
This past car racing season, which ended last month, drew record crowds, de la Cruz said. Close to 800 people attended the first racing season since the new ownership of the newly refurbished track. Modified and sprint cars raced during the 20 weeks from June through October.
"We're negotiating for the 2014 season," de la Cruz said and added that motorcycle events could make it to the newly improved venue.
Workers have installed barrier walls around the racetrack, air conditioning in the public restrooms and full-service concession stands. Even the drivers have noticed the improvements, de la Cruz said. In addition, the clubhouse underwent a clean-up process and now hosts dances and special family events.
The public may see more good changes in the near future and, as new owner Gary Miller explained, the short-term focus will be to get the event center going in an effort, "to show the community that we're different now."
Miller, who purchased the event center in February, said that his goal is to dispel the old stigma attached to the fairgrounds site.
"It's no longer the Yavapai Downs. We're still working with names for the buildings," Miller said.
For now, the PV Raceway boasts many safety improvements, a clean horse boarding and stable area and a revamped main building that already has hosted dances and family events.
"I'm proud of the people working with me and thankful for the people in the town and surrounding areas who have supported our racing (venue). We have worked hard to make safety a priority and we have a good team in place," Miller said.
The Prescott Valley Raceway Event Center is at 10501 N. Hwy 89A, Prescott Valley. For more information, call Skeeter Woolsey at 928-710-1898, or visit: www.arizonaracecoursez.com