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November 9, 2022

Circuit of The Americas Provides for Annual Austin Police Association Family Day

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This past Sunday, November 6, Circuit of The Americas (COTA) hosted more than 1,000 Austin Police Association (APA) members and their families for a day of togetherness including food, drinks, rides, games, live music, and more.

The 2022 Austin Police Association Family Day was filled with fun activities for all. In the Grand Plaza, kids, and ‘kids at heart,’ hooted and hollered on the Ferris wheel, the Speedway, and COTA’s other amusement rides. Beyond the major attractions, there was no shortage of thrills between the obstacle course, jousting, bounce house, rock climbing, and dunk tank. In addition, the appearance of a few special attendees made for even more excitement—horse-mounted police, K-9 units, and even an APD helicopter gave kids the opportunity to exploring buttons and the innerworkings of the Heli, get a snuggle from K-9 dogs on their day off, and see the horses in all their majesty. 

When it was time for a break, families lounged on the Bold Field lawn with blankets or at nearby picnic tables, indulging in favorite fair foods like hot dogs, nachos, chips, chicken tenders, burgers, cotton candy, and pizza. 

Entertainment continued throughout the day, including a local Austin-based 80’s Rock cover band, the Spazmatics, who truly set the scene with their rock n’ roll performance. Once the sun set, attendees got cozy to enjoy a movie with their family: Ready Player One

“We can’t thank Circuit of The Americas and Mr. Epstein enough for hosting us this weekend! It was an amazing event that gave our officers and their families a chance to enjoy a day of fun honoring them and all they do for Austin. We had nothing but smiles all day long,” Officer Travis Vonholt, member of Austin Police Association Board of Directors, said. 

With all that APA has done for the community, Circuit of The Americas was honored to donate space and efforts to assist APA with their annual family picnic. 

“This was our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the families who support their loved ones in the APA. Likewise, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the officers who have dedicated their lives to taking care of our community and making every effort to keep our city safe,” said COTA’s Chairman Bobby Epstein. 

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