By Tracey Leong

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– There have been events all week long leading up to Preakness.

It’s a Maryland tradition that attracts people from all over the world. From the infield decor, to the historic Pimlico Race track.

“Preakness is one of the most storied events in American history and Stronach Group wait for this year round,” said Tiffani Steer, Stronach Group’s director of special projects. “Unbelievable team who takes care of everything from the horses to the black-eyed Susan’s that are going to be served, there are no shortage of team members working on it.”

It takes several months to prepare for one of the biggest parties in Maryland, where more than 5000 people from all over the country have been hired.

With the stages set, the tents dressed and the food prepped, Preakness 2017 promises to not disappoint.

“So we are feeding over 10,000 people through the course of Black-eyed Susan Day,” said Giovanni Arias, Preakness culinary director. “We want to source everything locally, from our cooks our prep cooks our product, we want to capture that Maryland taste over here.”

They’ll be serving up Maryland’s finest dishes. Guests will enjoy the Annual Alibi Breakfast and will look forward to the other unique creations for this weekend, including 48,00 crab cakes.

So pull out your chic fascinators and dapper bow-ties and get ready for an unforgettable experience.

“Everybody brings their own style it really depends your own thing, this is the people’s party the people’s race so there really are no rules, just come out and have fun,” Steer said.

Last year there were more than 180,000 guests for the Preakness events.

This year they expect a record number of visitors if the weather stays favorable.

Black-Eyed Susan Day is Friday and Sunrise tours begin at 6 a.m.

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