FAR HILLS, NJ -- The 99th annual running of the Far Hills Race Meeting will take place this Saturday, Oct. 19, at Moorland Farm on Route 202.
Known popularly as "The Hunt," the annual steeplechase event attracts people from all over the Northeast and raises money to support local health care initiatives.
Five charities that will benefit from the race's proceeds are The Arc of Somerset County, Community in Crisis, The Cancer Support Community, Bonnie Brae and Life Camp.
In 2018, the event reportedly raised more than $500,000. The Far Hills Race Meeting claims to have the largest purses in the world of steeplechase. Historically, the popular sporting and social event is an outgrowth of the Essex Hunt, a fox-hunting event that began in Montclair in 1870.
The Hunt will include a vendor village, food trucks and catering. Gates open at 8 a.m. Post time for first race is at 1 p.m. Races will run rain or shine. Attendees are not permitted to bring any alcohol through the pedestrian gates.
All admission tickets are checked as one enters the grounds. Everyone 14 and older entering Moorland Farm must have an admission ticket. Kids under 14 will be admitted free and must be accompanied by an adult.
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