BEST DRESSED: Fashions on the field couple runner's up John Bryant and Christina Budur at the 2018 Burrandowan Races.
BEST DRESSED: Fashions on the field couple runner's up John Bryant and Christina Budur at the 2018 Burrandowan Races. Jessica McGrath

Picnic races: Where the city meets the bush

FROCK up and get ready for a day of racing thrills at the annual Burrandowan Picnic Races.

On Saturday, May 11 racegoers will see horses, hats and high heels gather trackside for the day where the city and the bush gather for fabulous bush racing.

"We know people return year after year to enjoy their weekend in the bush with friends and families, and we love hosting them," club president Brendan McCormack explained.

"For our community, this is the event of the year. We work to prepare the grounds and organise the event, then dress up and join our friends and family for a great day out.

"Some people may even be lucky enough to meet their true love and become a legendary bride of Burrandowan."

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Mr McCormack said the day is run by a voluntary committee and that in this 97th year locals are as keen to showcase country racing.

"Come and support a fantastic day in the bush. Burrandowan is one of Australia's iconic picnic race meetings and as we are only three hours from Brisbane, it is an easy weekend away," he said.

"People relax and soak up the atmosphere as soon as they arrive, the bush setting and friendliness, the track is amid tall gum trees and the contrast of the well dressed racegoers and the bush is fabulous."

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If you are looking for a great day out, take a look at the Burrandowan Picnic Races, only 60km west of Kingaroy. Shuttle bus from Kingaroy or bring your swag and sleep the night at the race track.

There are a range of food options available, including grazing boxes and cheese platters available through pre order, Devonshire tea at the Chaphingah Café, and the famous pit fired barbecues, where you buy a magnificent steak and cook it yourself.

Racing kicks off at 1.30 pm, but get there well before to set up your picnic, be spotted for the fashions on the field, collect your grazing box and take in the race track sights.

A fully licensed bar operates all day, and there are plenty of prizes to be won in the fashions on the field competition.

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