Burrandowan race meet a true favourite

AT THE TRACK: Rosslyn Campbell of Chahpingah, Carla Reid of Brisbane and Caroline Harris of Chahpingah.
AT THE TRACK: Rosslyn Campbell of Chahpingah, Carla Reid of Brisbane and Caroline Harris of Chahpingah. Nancy Evans Dalby Herald

BURRANDOWAN Picnic Races member Caroline Harris has attended the meet since she was just six years old.

Now 70, Mrs Harris said she had collected a lifetime of memories.

"When we were children we weren't allowed to bet, but we used to put two shillings on the horses," Mrs Harris said.

"We thought that was just brilliant."

In her 64 years at the meet, Mrs Harris said there were huge changes.

"The old barbecue pits were just trenches in the ground with wire netting," she said.

"Until one man fell in."

Mrs Harris said the barbecue pits were now home to a new good-humoured competition.

"One year there was a table set up with candelabras and flowers, so now we have a prize for the flashest barbecue set up," she said.

"It gets a bit competitive."

Mrs Harris said going to the event each year felt like "coming home".

Mrs Harris said as the races blossomed, people blossomed with them.

"I've watched on as kids who once ran around with a dummy in their mouths, turned into gorgeous young ladies in fashions on the field," she said.

Durong woman Toni Cauley, 22, agreed there was something special about the Burrandowan races.

"I've been every year since I was 16," she said.

"And a few times when I was a kid."

The 93rd annual Burrandowan Race Meet will kick off with clay target shooting at 9am and the first race at 12.30pm.

For more information visit the Burrandowan website or phone 416 48147.

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