From the adrenaline-pumping drag races at Thunderbolt Raceway to the tranquil fishing spots on Lake Geneva, Clay County has had its fair share of diverse sporting events throughout its rich history. Join us as we explore some of the most exciting moments in Clay County’s sports history, from the earliest organized races at Shakerag to the thrill of rodeos at the fairgrounds. Come and discover how sports and athletics have shaped Clay County’s culture and history!
Drag Racing at Thunderbolt Raceway
Fishing on Lake Geneva
Greyhound Racing at the Orange Park Kennel Club
Perhaps the earliest known “organized” sport in the county was at Shakerag (on the Bellamy Road in Melrose). Apparently a starter would shake a rag to get the race going.
Horse racing was also fun on the dirt road which is now CR220 on Fleming Island.
Hunting (at the Ridgeworth Shooting Preserve, Orange Park)
Rodeo at the Fair