Associated Press Published 5:45 p.m. UTC Jul 9, 2018 Jackson – Thousands of harness racing fans flocked to a southern Michigan track to bid farewell before the 70-year-old raceway is demolished. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports that Jackson Harness Raceway celebrated its final hurrah Sunday by hosting a dozen horse races. The track has been closed for 10 years but reopened this weekend so community members could say goodbye ahead of the scheduled demolition. Co-organizer Mike Way says up to 7,000 people attended the event honoring the track’s history. Way says he saw many tears from people with a passion for the sport. Brenda Friend worked as a teller at the raceway. She fulfilled her dream of taking a lap around the track in a cart Sunday. Friend says harness racing is a family event. She says kids growing up now don’t know what they’re missing. The Jackson raceway is one of several Michigan tracks where fans are having to say goodbye. In April, the Hazel Park Raceway closed after a 70-year run. A week later, it was announced that Northville Downs race track in Northville was sold to a housing developer. Track and harness simulcast wagering will continue through 2020 at the site, developers said. Swartz Creek Raceway closed in 2015.