Preakness InfieldFest Succeeds Again
Now in its fifth year entertaining race-goers, InfieldFest is more fun and crowded than ever…
Excited fans flocked to Baltimore this past Saturday for the 138th Preakness Stakes. And despite less than stellar weather, these fans, whether betting on the traditional horse race or just going for the entertainment, were not disappointed.
Winning horse Oxbow, with trainer D. Wayne Lukas, shocked viewers with a surprising comeback victory, overthrowing hopes for a Triple Crown this year. But the real winner of the day was, once again, the high-spirited InfieldFest.
After fans were restricted from bringing their own alcohol into the Pimlico Race Course in 2008, the future of the infield was in question. InfieldFest, an all-day festival on the lawn featuring live music by top artists, saved dropping attendance by turning the riotous party into a respectable concert event. Now in its fifth year entertaining race-goers, InfieldFest is more fun and crowded than ever, even with new safety restrictions in place this year and the loss of the event’s exuberant mascot Kegasus.
InfieldFest attendee Alie Rothman, 21, said of the event, “It’s really crowded. But I love coming to see everyone I haven’t seen in a long time. We’re all just here to drink our beer, enjoy the music, and have a good time.” With the event’s popular MugClub providing bottomless drafts, and the Beer Garden in full swing, even hosting an annual bikini contest, fans were able to do just that.
And amidst the revelry, this year’s performers wowed again. Popular DJ Afrojack opened on the main stage with bass-pumping hits. Headlining artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis then kept the party atmosphere going with singles from their debut album “The Heist”, including No. 1 hits “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us”. And although Pitbull took to a rainy stage, the headlining artist kept fans dancing and fist pumping through the afternoon. Chevelle, Florida Georgia Line, and Kristen and the Noise also performed, rounding out this year’s star-studded lineup.
“It’s an event not to be missed,” said college senior Michael Millman. “There’s nothing like InfieldFest”.