RACES HELP FILL ROOMS

Stan­thorpe races help fill rooms on Gran­ite Belt

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BIG events have al­ways been a ma­jor draw­card for the Gran­ite Belt.

With more than 13,000 vis­i­tors to the event, the Snowflakes in Stan­thorpe fes­ti­val hosted three suc­cess­ful days at the Show­grounds this year and our pop­u­lar Ap­ple and

Grape Har­vest Fes­ti­val al­ways at­tracts thou­sands of peo­ple to our re­gion.

With these well-vis­ited win­ter events come big ad­van­tages for our com­mu­nity and econ­omy.

The Vines Mo­tel and Cot­tages owner Ja­clyn Slack said it was good to see more events planned for the sum­mer months.

The 2017 Stan­thorpe Cup race meet­ing is one such event and the colour­ful day is draw­ing closer with only nine days to go.

This year, Ms Slack said her mo­tel had re­ceived more book­ings for the week­end of the races than in past years.

“There’s been more in­ter­est than there has been in the past five years,” she said.

Ms Slack said the 15-room mo­tel was booked out by vis­i­tors for the Stan­thorpe races.

While any events were good for the Gran­ite Belt area, she would like to see more dur­ing sum­mer to at­tract tourists in the qui­eter months.

She was grate­ful for the Stan­thorpe races and the in­au­gu­ral Johnny Cash Fes­ti­val, to be held in Novem­ber, which help her and oth­ers in town fill rooms.

“Be­cause win­ter is when ev­ery­one wants to come to Stan­thorpe, we need more sum­mer events,” she said.

“But there seems to be more and more com­ing so that’s good.”

Lo­cal busi­nesses spon­sor­ing big events like the races are vi­tal,

The Stan­thorpe Cup has had a great spon­sor base for years.

One of the mul­ti­ple spon­sors that make the Stan­thorpe races pos­si­ble is Cen­tral Mo­tors.

Owner Robert Reeves said Cen­tral Mo­tors had been in­volved as a race-day spon­sor for 20 years, in­clud­ing spon­sor­ing the Stan­thorpe Cup for 12 years.

“The Reeves fam­ily, from Cen­tral Mo­tors, has al­ways been in­volved and in­ter­ested in rac­ing,” Mr Reeves said.

“We have al­ways been happy to be as­so­ci­ated with the Stan­thorpe Jockey Club.

“They’ve got a fan­tas­tic com­mit­tee and hard-work­ing vol­un­teers.

“It’s one of the ma­jor events in Stan­thorpe and it’s great to be part of it.”

❝ It’s one of the ma­jor events in Stan­thorpe and it’s great to be part of it.

— Stan­thorpe Cup spon­sor Robert Reeves

PHOTO: FILE

TOURIST AT­TRAC­TION: The Stan­thorpe races are great for our com­mu­nity and econ­omy, made pos­si­ble by the sup­port of our lo­cal busi­nesses which spon­sor the event.

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