The out­back race

The Daily Examiner - - NIE -

FOR 135 years peo­ple have de­scended on a rac­ing out­post with a wel­come sign that says: “Birdsville pop­u­la­tion 100, ex­cept for one week­end of the year.”

This year, on Septem­ber 1 and 2, the usu­ally tiny town swelled when an in­flux of peo­ple came from ev­ery­where to ex­pe­ri­ence the fa­mous Birdsville Races.

The only two oc­ca­sions when the races have not taken place were in 2007 dur­ing a na­tion­wide lock­down on horses and in 2010 when the track was un­der water.

The two-day car­ni­val in­cluded a 13-race pro­gram and other events dur­ing the car­ni­val to help raise funds for the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice.

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