Augusta, ME --- This past Saturday (Sept. 7) under sunny skies and warm temperatures, fairgoers enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon of harness racing at the historic fairgrounds in Cornish, Maine.
Right off Route 25 in the picturesque little town of Cornish sits a historic trotting park that hosts a day of amateur racing. Every year families pack up their trailers and head west to enjoy a day of family fun. With their families cheering along the fence, many of our young, aspiring drivers get a chance to sharpen their skills around the historic oval at the Cornish Trotting Park.
|Christie Lee McNally photo|
|Senator Saviello and Steven Wilson behind A Place Out West and Representative Black and Fred Ward behind Point Standing appeared to finish in a dead heat at the finish line.|
Alongside the amateur races and under saddle event, the spectators were offered a special treat this year as a legislative exhibition race was held. Senator Thomas Saviello (Franklin County) and Representative Russell Black (Wilton) squared off in a two horse match race in double seated jog carts with amateur drivers Steven Wilson and Fred Ward.
The crowd watched with delight as Senator Saviello and Steven Wilson behind A Place Out West and Representative Black and Fred Ward behind Point Standing appeared to finish in a dead heat at the finish line.
After the race, Senator Saviello, who declared himself the winner said, “Did you see me take over the lines during the last quarter? I was flying to the finish!”
The two legislators, who are good friends, had a great time and asked, “When can we do this again?”
See you again next year at the Historic Trotting Park in Cornish, where the sun always shines.