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High Society to Headline 2020 IWK 250 Tailgate Party

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JAMES RIVER, NS (February 21, 2020) – Cape Breton’s party band, High Society is crossing the causeway July 16 to bring their brand of fun-filled high energy rock and roll to the IWK 250 Tailgate Party at Riverside International Speedway. The seven-member group features veteran talented musicians and vocalists covering top tunes from several decades.

The IWK 250 Tailgate Party has become a “must-do” part of the IWK 250 Super Race Weekend, capping off an afternoon/early evening IWK 250 practice session – and kicking off the rest of the weekend by getting fans primed for the legendary IWK 250 presented by Steve Lewis on July 18. On July 17 fans will enjoy an evening of high-octane excitement featuring the Napa Sportsman Series and Maritime League of Legends.

High Society has opened for top groups and is widely known for its high-quality shows. They belt out tight harmonies accompanied by keys, drums, guitars, bass, and brass, recreating musical memories covering legendary groups like Fleetwood Mac, Journey, Abba, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Trooper, CCR, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, The John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, Burton Cummings, Elton John, Billy Joel, Shania Twain, Rod Stewart and many more – plus – local favourites like The Rankins.

Fans attending the IWK 250 TestFest between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on July 16 will get their first peek at teams that will enter the IWK 250 on July 18. Thursday’s practice session is integral for teams as they shake down their car and get up to speed for Saturday’s big event. Admission to the grandstand is free during the practice session, after which the stands are cleared in preparation for the Tailgate Party, expected to start between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m. Fans of all ages can watch the concert from the main grandstand while age restrictions apply to the stage-front licensed area.

Admission to the IWK 250 Tailgate Party featuring High Society is included with the IWK 250 Super Ticket (weekend pass). Those who wish to attend the Tailgate Party only can purchase a ticket for it alone. Stay tuned to the Riverside website and social media pages for on-sale dates of IWK 250 weekend tickets.

The IWK 250 is a championship points race with the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour (PST), round seven of 12 for the 2020 campaign. Since its inception in 2007, the IWK 250 has helped raise awareness and more than $481,000 for the IWK Foundation.


Campsite reservation renewals for the IWK 250 Super Race Weekend are now available and due by March 31. New reservation requests are also available and will be filled starting in April. The IWK 250 Campsite Renewal/Request Form can be found online at

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About Riverside International Speedway:

For 51 years, Riverside International Speedway has been recognized as a premiere stock racing facility in Canada. The 1/3-mile high-banked asphalt oval roars to action several times a year for special events. It is the home of the IWK 250 – widely known throughout North America as a “bucket list” event for racers and fans alike. Located in James River, between New Glasgow and Antigonish, the facility is easily accessible at exit 30 on Trans Canada Highway 104. For more information please visit or call 902-863-2410.


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