Off and racing for tradition
MORE than 2000 people are expected to continue their festive celebrations trackside for a day of country racing, fashion and entertainment at Mareeba’s Boxing Day races.
Gates at the Mareeba Turf Club will open at 11am on Monday and the five race program will kick off at 1pm. The last race will be held at 4.30pm and gates will close at 5pm.
The popular human horse race will be back again this year, with $200 cash up for grabs after the final race.
There will also be a water slide for the kids, entertainment from local band Careless until 8pm on the night and the hotly contested fashions on the field.
Local racegoer, Michelle Acha said attending the Boxing Day races had become a tradition in town.
“It’s the best race day of the year,” she said.
“It’s a good social gathering after Christmas and it’s a tradition in Mareeba.
“You get to catch up with everyone that’s back for Christmas as well as see all the locals.”
Mareeba Turf Club secretary John Thurlow said this year’s event was shaping up to be the biggest one to date, with almost 60 marquees booked for the day.
“We’re looking forward to it and it’ll be a great day at again,” Mr Thurlow said.
“It’s our saviour race day of the year and it’s becoming a bit of a tradition.
“Last year was our biggest one and we had about 2000 people. I think this year we’ll pass that.”
This year the fashions on the field will have something for the whole family, with categories including best dressed young racegoer (12 years and under), most fashionable young gent (13-19 years), most fashionable young lady (13-19 years), best dressed male (20 years and over), fashionably fabulous female (20-39 years), style and grace (ages over 40 years) and a combined ladies and gents category in summertime cool with class.