Record numbers enjoy the Thangool Cup
THE 2017 Thangool Cup saw record numbers before the gates even opened on Saturday.
Thangool Race Club secretary Edwina Devine said tables and marquees were quickly snatched up, with about 1400 bookings.
“I had been taking bookings since May,” Edwina said. “We were booked approximately three weeks before the cup.”
Tables and chairs were sourced from around the region and limited the bookings.
“This was due to all of the ■ Thangool Race Club next race meeting: Caulfield Cup, October 21 ■ Last race meeting for the year: December 2
furniture we had available,” Edwina said.
The Thangool Cup is the biggest racing event of the year for the Thangool Race Club and one of the biggest events for the Callide Valley.
“We had just under 2000 people through the gate,” Edwina said.
Racegoers came from all around, with families coming back to Biloela and some from nearby towns.
“Most people are locals or from Monto, Theodore and the like,” Edwina said.
Like any event, it all runs on a team of dedicated and hard-working volunteers.
“We have a great committee who work really hard in the weeks leading up to the cup, organising sponsorship and preparing the grounds,” Edwina said.
“We could not run the day without volunteers. A few of us have taken days off work on the Friday to set up.”
Edwina said plenty of other local organisations and community groups helped run the day by helping with food, ticketing, bar and gate entry.
THEY’RE OFF: Horses take to the track for race one of the 2017 Thangool Cup.