Competitive country racing returns at Burrandowan
THE famous Burrandowan Picnic Races are back, and the committee is expecting another year of good friends, good food and high-quality racing.
After 97 years of country racing, organisers hope the event on Saturday, May 11 will be better than ever.
Race committee president Brendan McCormack said he always got excited for the event.
"It's always a lot of fun, even after 10 years of being president,” Mc McCormack said.
"We've had some major improvements, too. Last year we brought in an undercover booking shed, which was a huge improvement that everyone loved.
"This year the committee still has that same enthusiasm and are bringing in more things for people to look forward to.”
One of these new things is a function for the life members of the club, starting at 11am.
"We're doing a light lunch or late morning tea in the hall, to thank the sponsors,” Mr McCormack said.
This won't distract people from the racing action though, which will start from 1pm.
Racing nominations are due to close by the end of the week, but Mr McCormack said he was sure there would be people travelling in to race from Chinchilla, Toowoomba, Dalby and more.
"Depending how many nominations we get, Racing Queensland have actually allowed us to put on more races in the past, which is such a great thing,” Mr McCormack said.
"We'd love that to happen this year too. It's a great day of racing every day, but on that year, we had seven races.”
Mr McCormack said each race was an exciting occasion, and country racing was very competitive.
Not only do the racers and nominees travel to the events, but so do the spectators.
"We get a lot of campers, with my first camper who showed up on Sunday night,” Mr McCormack said.
"He comes every year from Melbourne and gives us a hand during the week if we're short-staffed.”
In terms of what the public can look forward to, there will be a range of food from the Chahpingah Cafe, Judy Crawford's catering, as well as the Lions and Rotary clubs.
"People can have chips, cheese platters, can access the main bar and the wine bar, and enjoy it all in the picnic area too,” Mr McCormack said.
While they eat, drink or spectate, Mr McCormack said guests would be able to enjoy the entertainment provided by the Kingaroy State High School band, as well as local act RISA.
"They played with us for the past two years and always make such a good atmosphere,” he said.