Melbourne Cup tour
Wimmera towns Brim and St Arnaud are in the running to win $50,000 as locations the iconic Melbourne Cup will visit on its nationwide tour this year.
Victoria Racing Club announced the cup would make stops at Melbourne, Ballarat, Tallarook, Koondrook, St Arnaud, Brim, Cobram, Euroa, Phillip Island and Bunyip on the Victorian leg of the tour.
This year 24 of the tour locations across Australia, including Brim and St Arnaud, will be allocated a barrier for the 2019 Melbourne Cup.
Barriers will be drawn at random throughout the tour, and the town that draws the barrier of the Melbourne Cup-winning horse will be presented with a cash prize of $50,000 to be put towards a charity for a local community initiative.
The club said it received a record-breaking number of applications from across Australia.
This year the cup celebrates the 100th anniversary of its unique three-handled design.
Brim Active Community Group member Colleen Mcpherson said being part of the tour would be an unforgettable experience.
“We’re extremely excited to welcome the Melbourne Cup to Brim when it visits as part of its 17th annual tour,” she said.
“We look forward to welcoming the iconic trophy and sharing the magic of the people’s cup with the community.”
St Arnaud Agricultural Society Secretary Tony Marland said the visit would provide locals an opportunity to ‘unite together’.