Z’Sparkle Drag Race is back again

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The third annual Z’Sparkle Party Drag Race to End Alzheimer’s will be held on Friday, August 10 from 7 to 10 p.m. on Main Street in Zionsville.

Some of the community’s finest and bravest gentlemen, including town leaders, merchants, business owners and even a Firestone Indy Lights race driver will don dresses and high heels before parading and racing down Main Street. Instead of just speed, this race also tracks the amount of money collected by each “dragstar” and his pit crew. Participants collect donations and sponsors prior to the event, and continue collecting donations throughout the evening.

This year’s race will include two groups: the “Flats” – who choose to wear running shoes – and the “Stilettos,” who will wobble their way to the finish line in high heels. At least one “dragstar” is expected to complete the race on two wheels.

Other additions to this year’s event include live music provided by Henle and the Loops, an 11- piece band playing everything from Jimmy Buffet to James Brown. The group does not accept payment for their performance, and are instead donating their time and talents to the cause. Also donating their time and talent are emcees Anne Ryder, formerly of WTHR-13 and Zionsville’s own Ray Cortopassi from FOX-59. Lucas Oil Raceway Park, home of the Mac Tools U. S. Nationals, will provide show cars at the event.

In 2010, the event’s initial year, nearly $12,000 were raised for the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2011, nearly 50 “dragstars” raised more than $27,000 for the same cause.

For more information visit www.ZSparkleDragRace.com or email zsparkle.dragrace@gmail.com.

 

Timeline of Events

7 p.m. – VIP Tent (for those 21 and over) open at Main and Pine Streets. Seating is limited. Includes food, a cash bar and music. $10 – tickets available in advance at Akard’s True Value Hardware or at the door.

9 p.m. – Race begins at Main and Hawthorne Streets. Race preceded by a parade lap during which emcees Anne Ryder and Ray Cortopassi will introduce each dragstar and his crew. Free and open to the public.   

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