Martinsville, Virginia


Martinsville Speedway to Host Santa's Workshop 500 Toy Drive

Martinsville Speedway's annual Christmas Toy Drive will be bigger and better than ever in 2017, as the 23rd edition of the event, slated for December 9 from 4-8 pm and benefiting the Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County, will feature more fun than ever, including:

  • "Sleigh Rides"- for a $10 donation or a new, unwrapped toy, fans can take their personal cars around the Speedway
  • "Deck The Stall"- for $25 groups can purchase a pit stall to decorate. The pit stalls will be judged and the winning group will receive a $500 prize. Second place winner will receive a four pack of ticket to the STP 500.
  • "Sounds of the Season"- Choirs from around the area will sing Christmas songs throughout the evening.
  • "A Visit With Santa"- Santa Claus will take a break from making toys to visit Martinsville Speedway from 5-7 pm to find out what the children want for Christmas.

Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell said he wanted to make the community really feel part of the annual event. 

"The Toy Drive has always been something that has been for the people of Martinsville and Henry County, by the people if Martinsville and Henry County and this year we really wanted to take that involvement to the next level," Campbell said. "I'm hoping that this will get people to come out and stay a while and really get into the Christmas spirit, while helping those around us in need. 

"The community has been so supportive of our Toy Drive through the years and we want to take this event up a notch. Adding the decorating contest makes it an event for the whole family to enjoy." 

The first 40 teams to enter the decorating contest will be guaranteed a pit box. Each pit box will be supplied with a pair of 20-amp plugs. Any additional electrical requirements must be fulfilled by the contestants. 

For more information about the Santa's Workshop 500, to enter the pit stall decorating contest, or to inquire about having a musical act perform, call 276-956-7200.

All proceeds from the event go towards Grace Network of Martinsville and Henry County's efforts surrounding the Christmas season.