Win­ter­fest rac­ing comes to Awa­puni

The Tribune (NZ) - - ENJOY -

Ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of rac­ing in­side the com­fort of a win­ter won­der­land fol­low­ing in the great tra­di­tion of a full North­ern Hemi­sphere Christ­mas.

The great cus­tom of win­ter races in the United King­dom where ev­ery­one dresses up and en­joys the trap­pings of Christ­mas will be cel­e­brated on Satur­day July 8 at the Awa­puni Race­course.

Decorated Christ­mas trees, wreaths and gar­lands will wel­come patrons to the meet­ing which is sched­uled to start at 12.05pm with the first of eight races. The last race is sched­uled for 3.58pm.

The Nor­wood Farm Ma­chin­ery Cen­tre’s Christ­mas Win­ter­fest prom­ises com­pet­i­tive and ex­cit­ing ac­tion, at­tract­ing horses from the Manawatu re­gion and be­yond that ex­cel in win­ter rac­ing.

A draw­card at­trac­tion is the hos­pi­tal­ity pack­age that’s on of­fer. The pack­age for $120 pp, in the Silks Lounge, in­cludes a re­served table, race­book and pen, buf­fet lunch that fea­tures ham and hot steamed pud­ding, a cheese plat­ter and a gen­er­ous bev­er­age al­lo­ca­tion.

Spon­sor­ship and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Julie Bowe rec­om­mends peo­ple should book for this pack­age as soon as pos­si­ble.

‘‘Brighten up your win­ter and join the ac­tion for the Christ­mas Win­ter­fest. You’ll en­joy the thrill of rac­ing with your fam­ily, friends and col­leagues,’’ Julie says.

A week later the Awa­puni Rac­ing Cen­tre of­fers an­other ex­cit­ing pack­age. It’s work­ing with the or­gan­is­ers of the Red and Blue Char­ity Ball and Auc­tion to present a fundraiser that will ben­e­fit the Palmer­ston North Res­cue He­li­copter. Red and blue are the emer­gency flash­ing colours when the three ser­vices – po­lice, fire and am­bu­lance – are called to ac­tion. With their sup­port and the as­sis­tance of Cre­ative Ca­ter­ing at Awa­puni Race­course, the Red and Blue Ball will cel­e­brate the role they play and raise funds for the res­cue he­li­copter ser­vice.

‘‘We’d love our lo­cal com­mu­nity to be part of this ini­tia­tive and sup­port the boys and girls who ev­ery day put their lives on the line to serve and pro­tect the peo­ple of Manawatu,’’ Julie says.

‘‘It’s a great chance to dress up, dance the night away and be part of such a worth­while fundrais­ing project.’’

All those in­ter­ested should con­tact the Awa­puni Rac­ing Cen­tre on hos­pi­tal­ity@man­awat­u­rac­ or 06-356-4940 extn 3.

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