The Area 53 Raceway in Forestburg had a successful 2021 racing season.
Running for 10 weekends over the summer months, in total there was in between 16 and 20 days of racing, according to Corey Kozey, one of the organizers.
Thanks to the outdoor nature of the venue, spectators were allowed throughout the racing season, though organizers were required to follow the health guidelines put in place by the Province, such as extra cleaning in the washroom facilities.
Being mindful of the economy and in an effort to keep costs down for spectators, admission to the track this season has been by donation.
Funds raised primarily stay within the track facility to further develop it, though one weekend was held in support of the Flagstaff County Food Bank.
“We’re trying to give back as much as we can, where we can,” said Kozey. “Someone looking to fundraise can always contact us.”
According to Kozey, there is room for groups, such as Flagstaff 4-H, to come out to the track and either run the gate or the swag shack and earn some funds.
In addition to the on-site swag shack, a food truck was also on the grounds every weekend of racing.
On the track, competitors came from across Western Canada.
“We had guys from B.C., Saskatchewan, and Alberta,” said Kozey. “They came from all over.”
Each weekend, between 50 and 75 competitors descended on the Area 53 Raceway to race each other.
The Area 53 Raceway is located at the site of the old Forestburg airport, just southwest of the community in Flagstaff County.
While no plans have been finalized, discussions are underway to turn the track into a year-round entertainment destination.
“We’re trying to make it a year-round thing,”said Kozey.
Watch ‘Forestburg’s Area 53 Raceway’ Facebook page for more details.