Free admission: King County Employee Day at the races Sunday, July 15

King County employees and one guest will receive free admission to Emerald Downs Racetrack this Sunday, July 15 for the King County Express Stakes, which includes a Food Truck Day in the park and an Equine Art Show on track level.

Employees must show their King County ID at any of the 12 gates, which will provide the employee and one guest tickets that include free admission, official program and tip sheet, and chips and soda. Children 17 and under get in free.

In addition to this year’s King County Express Stakes, there will be the Boeing Stakes, the Angie C. Stakes, and the Mt. Rainier Stakes – the final prep race for the richest race of the season, The Longacres Mile.


  • 12:30 p.m. Newcomers Center open
  • 1 p.m. Food trucks open
  • 1 p.m. First race
  • 7 p.m. Racing concludes

Parking: Free general parking with shuttle service to the building | Valet $15 | Preferred Parking $10

Seating: There are plenty of seats, umbrella tables and benches available on a first-come, first-served basis

  • Grandstand seats $2.50
  • Box seats (with cocktail and limited menu service) $40 for a 4-seat box; and $60 for a 6-seat box
  • Restaurant reservations (full service restaurant with your table reserved for you through the race day)
  • Paid seating options.  Please call customer service at 253-288-7711

Equine Art Show: The Horse and a Whole Lot More

The purpose of the show is to encourage equine artists and to support the arts, in general, as an integral part of all horse-related sports. The annual art show has garnered recognition since its inception in 1980 at the WTBOA Sales Pavilion at Longacres. In 2018, we celebrate our 19th year of continued growth and success at Emerald Downs.

Food Truck Festival

The tastiest trucks from all over the Pacific Northwest have been invited down to Auburn!  As many as 12 food trucks will gather in Paddock Park, competing for the People’s Choice Award and Best in Show.

For more information, visit the Emerald Downs site.