Torbanlea Picnic Races promises circus workshops, novelty events, foot races, a jumping castle, a slide and a merry-go-round – and horse racing. File photos
Torbanlea Picnic Races promises circus workshops, novelty events, foot races, a jumping castle, a slide and a merry-go-round – and horse racing. File photos

Family race day promises fun

GOOD old-fashioned country fun for families is promised at the Torbanlea Picnic Races on October 16.

Spokesperson Edith Rutherford said this year celebrated 120 years of race days at Torbanlea and it was one of the only grass picnic racetracks still operating in the region.

Former Brisbane Bronco Shane Webcke will be back this year and competing in the celebrity event which is a crosscut saw relay.

Fraser Coast mayor Mick Kruger and local MPs Ted Sorensen and Chris Foley will also throw their weight behind a saw.

Ms Rutherford said that, as well as the six major horse races, there would be wood-chopping, tug-o-war teams battling it out for the memorial trophy, plenty of stalls selling food and a licensed area.

Entertainment for the children would include circus workshops, novelty events, foot races, a jumping castle, a slide and a merry-go-round.

And for the fashionistas, accommodation prizes at Fraser Island’s Kingfisher Bay Resort and the Gold Coast’s Bay of Palms Resort are up for grabs in the Frangipanni Fashion of the Field.

Ms Rutherford said that this year the fashion competition had been split into three categories – the under 18s, the 18 to 35-year-olds and the over 35s.

Corporate marquees had also been introduced this year and bookings were already almost full, she said.

The picnic race day is a fundraiser for the groups that use the sports grounds and admission to the event is $5 for adults and $15 for families.

For more information email torbanleapicnicraces@live.com.au or phone Ms Rutherford on 0409 609 971.



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