poolBy Alicia Dziak

Looking for something different to do this weekend? Check out A Night at the Derby on Sept. 14, a night of Virtual Horse Racing in Springville, to benefit Springville Youth Inc. (SYI), a not-for-profit organization that provides recreation services for the residents of the Town of Concord and Village of Springville.

“Although a majority of the kids who participate in SYI programs attend school in Springville, we also have kids from other districts, such as West Valley and Cattauraugus/Little Valley, who sign up,” said Wende Pukay, SYI president. “Every effort is made to make all programs accessible and affordable everyone who wishes to participate, and the money raised at the Night at the Derby will go toward maintaining the community pool and new playground that so many of the children enjoy all summer.”

A Night at the Derby is an adults-only event starting at 6:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Springville Fire Hall, 405 W. Main St. in the village of Springville.

According to SYI’s web site, Night at the Derby will include “all of the thrills of thoroughbred horseracing on two large video projection screens. Race announcers call the action and you cheer for your favorite pony. Horse owners will compete for the chance to win a fabulous grand prize. All horses have been sold but you can get in on the action by betting on your favorites to win a prize in each race just as if you were at the Kentucky Derby!”

The betting is actually a series of raffles in which the winning number is “drawn” by the horse number that crosses the finish line first.

Tickets are $10 and are available at Emerling Ford, Anything Printed, at Emerling Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram, at the door or online at www.syionline.org. Admission includes light snacks provided by Julie’s Restaurant. Beer wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase.