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MCGA offers free admission to I-94 Speedway July 19

FERGUS FALLS — Last summer, record crowds took advantage of free admission and packed the grandstands at four sold-out “Jam the Stands” stock car racing events sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

The promotion was such a success, MCGA and other local sponsors are doing it again in 2013, this time at nine tracks throughout Minnesota, including Friday, July 19 at I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls.

Admission is free and race fans will have an opportunity to win one of two $50 Visa gift cards throughout the evening courtesy of MCGA. Fans will also have the opportunity to learn more about ethanol and renewable fuels by stepping inside the Biofuels Mobile Education Center. The 45-foot long mobile learning center will roll into I-94 Speedway for fans to learn about ethanol fuel through interactive touch-screen computers, educational displays, movies and tools to help people locate flex-fuel pumps in the area.    

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

“MCGA welcomes the opportunity to partner with I-94 Speedway to bring some of the best racing in all of Minnesota to area fans for free,” said Chad Willis, a member of the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council and chair of the National Corn Growers Association’s ethanol committee.

“The event is also a great time to show race fans the advantages of cleaner-burning, homegrown, renewable ethanol.  Free racing while getting the facts about homegrown ethanol makes for a great evening with friends and family.”

Homegrown ethanol has a multiplier effect that benefits many economic sectors across Minnesota, including farming, manufacturing, transportation and construction.

According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, ethanol generates $5 billion in total economic output and more than 12,600 jobs annually.

Ethanol is also less energy intensive to produce than gasoline and helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 29 percent.

A 56-pound bushel of corn generates 2.8 gallons of ethanol while also simultaneously generating 17.5 pounds of high-protein livestock feed.

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