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Big Weekend at Presque Isle Downs

For Immediate Release

Fri, May 4, 2018


Jennifer See



$9.99 Buffet Launches Friday, Kiss a Pig 5K Race and Kentucky Derby Drive Thru Wagering Returns this Saturday


Erie, PA – Friday, May 4, 2018 will begin a busy weekend at the Erie casino. The casino announced today the launch of their new $9.99 buffet menu, new hours, and new lower pricing.


Fiesta Fridays will be from 4pm to 10pm; Italiano Saturdays from 12pm to 10pm; and Pot Luck Sundays from 12pm to 3pm. Pricing is set at $9.99 for guests with player cards and $14.99 without a player card.


“My team and I spend a lot of time talking with our guests and one of the main topics we heard was that we needed to lower our prices and change the selection in our buffet. So, after several months of planning, we were able to come up with some themes that we hope our players will enjoy and the price is fantastic,” stated Kevin O’Sullivan Vice President and General Manager of Presque Isle Downs and Casino.


Saturday will mark the first leg of the Triple Crown where horse racing fans have a chance to enjoy a day at Presque Isle Downs to watch and wager on the Kentucky Derby and a potential Triple Crown Winner.  Although The Brew Brothers is sold out for the day, standing room only is available beginning at 5:00 PM for $10. The annual Derby Hat Contest will return this year to The Brew Brothers and anyone 21 and over is encouraged to register beginning at 4:00PM in the restaurant lobby. The winner, selected by crowd participation, will be awarded dinner for four to LBV Steak & Pasta.


Pari-Mutuel wagering will also be available in LBV Steak & Pasta beginning at 1:00PM on Saturday. Reservations are limited so please call 814-866-8359. Bar service will be available until 5:00PM when dinner will be available.


Drive-thru wagering on the Kentucky Derby will be offered in the lower parking lot of the casino from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Kentucky Derby post time is slated for 6:34 PM.


Also on Saturday, May 5th, Presque Isle Downs will host the third annual Kiss a Pig 5K where another type of racing enthusiast will have a chance to run on the Tapeta™ racetrack surface at Presque Isle Downs. Runners will have to run three times around the racetrack to complete the 5K. Participants for the 5K must be 21 or older.


The one mile “Fun Run,” which is once around the racetrack, is allowed for anyone eight years of age or older.


All proceeds from this event, including both the race and the brunch, benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Erie.


Schedule of Events:

7:30 AM – 8:55 AM   Registration (Trackside)

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM Pig Roast Brunch ($12)

9:00 AM                      Fun Run - $10

($15 includes T-Shirt; $25 includes Pig Roast and T-Shirt)

9:30 AM                      5K Run - $20 includes T-Shirt
($30 includes T-Shirt and Pig Roast Brunch)


Over $6,000 in cash awards will be paid to the top three in each age group of the 5K, a Male and Female Overall and First Master. We recommend no jewelry and older shoes. Pets and cleats are not permitted.


“This is our third year participating in the Kiss a Pig charity event and it draws tremendous support for the Boys and Girls Club from our community. Even if you aren’t able to join us on the track for the run/walk, we encourage people to join us for great food and to help support the event that benefits our area’s youth,” said O’Sullivan.


Through May 31, a $10 donation is being collected at Guest Services for the Boys and Girls Club of Erie. The player will be given $10 in free play for their donation. Matthew Ennis, Presque Isle Downs and Casino’s Director of Racing/Director of Finance is representing the property in the Kiss a Pig contest for the Boys and Girls Club community fundraiser.


Learn more about Presque Isle Downs & Casino at


About Presque Isle Downs & Casino

Presque Isle Downs & Casino features live poker, table games, slots, entertainment and live thoroughbred horse racing, and simulcast racing.  The casino features the latest technology and amenities designed for guest comfort and expectations.  It also features a state-of-the-art seven table poker room which offers tableside dining in a smoke free environment.  The property also features four restaurants, including the award-winning LBV Steak & Pasta and The Brew Brothers, the newest addition to the Erie casino which offers spectacular seating section to watch live thoroughbred racing. The Brew Brothers features 30 beers on tap and live entertainment.


If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available.
Call 1-800-GAMBLER.



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