Fayette County

Ahead of the Games: Aug. 2

Volunteers for the Spotlight Lexington Festival — the series of downtown entertainment events during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games — will get their names emblazoned on a car that will race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., on Oct. 31 as part of the Sprint Cup Series.

The names will be put on the hood of Richard Petty Motorsports driver AJ Allmendinger's No. 43 Valvoline Ford Fusion as part of Valvoline's sponsorship of the festival, being held downtown Sept. 24 to Oct. 10. The festival starts one day before the Games begin Sept. 25.

On Oct. 10, one volunteer's name will be drawn to win a car hood and two tickets to the race, Mayor Jim Newberry said.

Allmendinger joined Richard Petty Motorsports for the final five races of the 2008 season. In 2009, he had six top-10 finishes.

St. Joseph Health System is the title sponsor for Spotlight Lexington.

More volunteers are needed for Spotlight Lexington. To register to become a volunteer, or for more information, visit the Spotlight Lexington Web site at www.spotlightlexky.com.

Valvoline also is getting involved in the Spotlight Lexington pin program. The $5 pins, which provide discounts at almost 40 local businesses and restaurants, and free entry to selected days during Keeneland's Fall Meet, also qualify some purchasers for daily drawings. For a complete list of discounts, go to www.spotlightlexky.com.

Valvoline is making a cowboy hat autographed by Richard Petty available as one of the daily prizes. The grand prize is a Honda Accord LX, provided by Don Jacobs Honda. Seventeen pin purchasers who find a gold key in the envelope when they buy a pin will have a chance to draw for the car. One gold key has been found.

Pins are available for $5 at all Lexington area Kroger stores, downtown at Commerce Lexington and at the Don Jacobs car dealership on Nicholasville Road. Pins may be purchased in bulk at a discount. Proceeds benefit the festival, helping to make all events free.

■ Freedman Harness in Midway has designed two collectable leather bags in time for the Games.

To launch the bags, Freedman Harness will be holding a contest during the weeks before the Games. The winner will receive a World Equestrian Games messenger bag valued at $395. To enter the contest, sign up for the Freedman's newsletter at www.freedmanharness.com. The contest closes at noon Monday, Sept. 13.

Freedman also will be a vendor at the World Equestrian Games Trade Show.

■ Dogs are not allowed at the Kentucky Horse Park during the Games because of tick-borne equine disease, but service dogs will be let in. Amy Walker, spokeswoman for the Games, said the park will accommodate other special needs, such as a medication in a glass bottle, but notes from doctors will be required.

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