When gates opened for Tasseldega Nights at Deer Creek Speedway just south of Rochester on Saturday afternoon, race fans kept coming, and coming, and coming, and coming….
Nearly 4,500 fans took advantage of free admission courtesy of Minnesota’s corn farmers at Saturday’s Tasseldega Nights. The event was a way for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) to promote clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol. Young and old, individuals and families, kids and grown-ups — the crowd was a great mix of people and the perfect audience for MCGA to connect with about the benefits of ethanol.
In addition to the racing action, fans had the opportunity to walk through the Biofuels Mobile Education Center, get their picture with an ethanol-powered race car, win great prices from the American Lung Association in Minnesota and stop by the MCGA tent for several great ethanol-themed giveaways.
MCGA’s two Tasseldega Nights events — the other was held June 6 at Elko Speedway near the Twin Cities — drew nearly 14,000 people and generated widespread media coverage in the area. If you weren’t able to make either racing event, here are some photos.
Hopefully, we’ll see you at Tasseldega Nights 2016!