In 1956, Elvis Presley had his first number one hit, Garth Brooks was born, a new car cost $2,000, and a ticket to the World Series would set you back about two bucks. It’s also the year Turf Paradise opened in the Valley.
The horse-racing track celebrates its 58th birthday Jan. 18th with a massive birthday party. In addition to live horse racing — including the $75,000 Cotton Fitzsimmons Mile, named after the late coach of the Phoenix Suns — Turf Paradise will give away free hats to the first 3,500 paid admissions. The day will also feature live music, a family fun park with bounce house inflatables, $2 domestic draft beer and free birthday cake.
Admission to the grandstand is $2. Kids 16 and younger get in free. Turf Paradise is at 19th Avenue and Bell Road in Phoenix. For information, call (602) 942-1101 or visit TurfParadise.com.