Wet cup day was a winner
THERE is no doubt that locals, indeed, most Australians, will not let anything get in their way when it comes to celebrating Melbourne Cup Day.
Office sweeps were the order of the day in most businesses, maybe a once a year bet at the TAB and for many, an actual day at the local races to really get into the spirit.
Despite the first heavy rain for what seems like months, the Wangaratta races still attracted almost 3000 fans of all ages committed to enjoying the festivities.
Buckets of rain did not deter racegoers from dressing ‘to the nines’ and from all reports happy faces were the order of the day.
It was a day to also show off the Wangaratta Turf Club’s new amenities and again they didn’t disappoint the hundreds who spent the day there.
Millions of dollars have been invested in the wangaratta facility so yesterday’s meeting was a big test for all concerned.
Of course, there may have been another thousand or two in attendance if the weather was fine but you would be hard pressed to find someone who would have turned off the rain if it was in their power.
Most residents in the rural city appreciate how important the rain is to our farmers and the wider economy and when the farmers are smiling we’re all smiling.
Obviously, the rain came too late for some farmers and more rain is needed to really ease the pressure of a long hot summer ahead when farm dams are already dry, but yesterday was a start.
All in all a fun day out at the races and a good soaking for our farmers and water storages makes everyone a winner this cup day.
If only our race selections could be as fruitful.