Food Festival and Charlie Daniels Band Headline Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Horse Show Championship

SAUGERTIES, NY (June 16, 2014) – HITS, Inc., in association with the Bardavon, is proud to announce legendary country group Charlie Daniels Band will perform a live concert immediately following the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix on Sunday, September 7. Coupled with exciting equestrian show jumping and delectable food tastings, the day will serve as the culmination of the 2014 HITS-on-the-Hudson horse show circuit in Saugerties, New York. 

Before Charlie Daniels Band takes the stage, spectators can watch the coveted final jewel of HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping, the Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix -- and cheer on their favorite equestrian stars as they battle it out for a piece of the richest purse in the world. The event will feature extraordinary competition and keep spectators on the edge of their seats as champions are made.

 From celebrated gospel albums to genre-defining Southern rock anthems and CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left their mark on America’s musical landscape like Charlie Daniels. Since 1972 the iconic country group has produced memorable hits including Uneasy Rider, Long Haired Country Boy, The South’s Gonna Do It Again and CMA Single of the Year, The Devil Went Down to Georgia.The band’s record catalog spans more than 50 years and over 20 million in sales.

 Daniels has received numerous accolades, including induction into the Grand Ole Opry and Musicians Hall of Fame. He’s been presented the Pioneer Award by the Academy of Country Music, honored as a BMI Icon for his songwriting and has a star on the Music City Walk of Fame.

 As a prelude to the concert, HITS will host the inaugural HITS Harvest Food Fest, highlighting the region’s top culinary purveyors in a celebratory outdoor setting. From crudités to cupcakes, attendees will have the opportunity to taste free samples from vendors, purchase menu specialties and support local Hudson Valley businesses. Experience three remarkable events for the price of one.

Photo courtesy of Bardavon

 Tickets go on sale Wednesday, June 18 at the Bardavon box office in Poughkeepsie, the HITS offices on Main Street in Saugerties and through General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $25 day of show. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult ticket. Entry is free with purchase of FAMILY Big $$$ raffle ticket. Please go to for details.

 Ticket price includes admission to the HITS Harvest Food Fest tasting, concert and Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix. Prior to the Zoetis Million, additional equestrian competitions will take place including the Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final, New York Equitation Classic and Bayer's Legend® $250,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix. Upon entry to the show grounds, General Admission ticket holders will receive a coupon book to redeem for free tastings at each of the participating vendors. Businesses interested in participating can contact for vendor application.

Tickets are available through:

Bardavon Box Office
35 Market Street 

UPAC Box Office
601 Broadway  

HITS Box Office*
319 Main Street

 *HITS Box office is open Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.

Or through Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or

VIP packages are available upon request. For more information about VIP packages, please call 845.246.8833 or e-mail

HITS-on-the-Hudson Schedule for Sunday, September 7

8: 00 am              Doors open
8: 00am               Diamond Mills $500,000 Hunter Prix Final
10: 00 am            New York Equitation Classic
11: 00 am            HITS Harvest Fest Food opens
11:00 am             Bayer's Legend® $250,000 High Junior/Amateur-Owner Jumper Prix
1:30 pm               Horseware Ireland Parade of Champions
2:00 pm               Zoetis $1 Million Grand Prix
4:30 pm               General Admission festival style concert seating opens for Charlie Daniels Band
4:45 pm               FAMILY Big $$$ raffle
5:00 pm               Charlie Daniels Band concert begins

The HITS-on-the-Hudson venue includes full bar and assorted food available for purchase. There is ample FREE parking.

About The Bardavon
The Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc. (the Bardavon) is a New York State nonprofit corporation that owns and operates two historic theaters – the 944-seat namesake theater in Poughkeepsie and 1500-seat Ulster Performing Arts Center (UPAC) in Kingston – and the region’s premiere orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. It presents top-notch music, dance, theater, and classic films for diverse audiences in both its venues; stages free annual outdoor events in local communities; and partners with regional schools to offer unique arts-based learning experiences. The Bardavon also continues to restore and preserve its historic theaters for today’s audiences and future generations to enjoy. Visit