There are several new events at Canterbury this summer, which marks the horse track’s 25th year in Shakopee.

Live horse races will be held from May 3 through Sept. 14.

Canterbury will host two Fourth-of-July firework shows July 3-4. On both nights, horse racing will start at 4 p.m., and live music will play until the fireworks start at 10 p.m. Canterbury spokesman Jeff Maday said the event has attracted between 17,000 and 20,000 people in the past.

Also new this year will be unicorn and llama races on Aug. 4. The unicorn races (Shetland ponies wearing unicorn horns) should attract plenty of children, Maday said.

On Aug. 10, Canterbury will host a “Made in Minnesota” day, when various venders will sell original Minnesota creations. There will also be a beer festival with Minnesota-made beer and wine, and a Minnesota derby, where Minnesota-bred 3-year-olds will compete for a $100,000 purse.

And, of course, Maday said, “we’ve got all the dog races back.”

South regional editor

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