Donna Picton and Catherine Simeon had a great day at the Torbanlea Picnic Races last year.
Donna Picton and Catherine Simeon had a great day at the Torbanlea Picnic Races last year. Alistair Brightman

Picnic race goes corporate

A BOLD move to promote corporate hospitality packages for the 2011 Torbanlea Picnic race meeting has proved a winner with the local community.

Almost 800 corporate guests have booked their tickets for this Saturday's annual event and the in-field will now be packed with 18 marquees.

The organising committee went to a corporate hospitality option last year with some success and this prompted them to go bigger and better this year.

"We decided to put the corporate area inside the track because we just ran out of room and locals have embraced the idea," event organiser Edith Rutherford said.

"We have secured every marquee available on the Fraser Coast and we even had to send an SOS out to other areas, but we now have the corporate area in place," she said.

With a big crowd organised in the centre of the course the organisers are predicting a better atmosphere for all who come along.

Last year corporate tents were crowded along the fence, stopping many from getting a good view of the races and the novelty events. While a heavily supported corporate area has drawn big support Ms Rutherford says the focus will remain on promoting the Torbanlea Picnics as a great family fun day.

"You can come along with your shorts and T-shirt or you can dress up for the Melbourne Cup, it is totally up to you," she said.

"Those that do go to extra trouble will be able to enter our fashions in the field competition and this year we will be offering more than $2500 in prizes."

The gates for the Torbanlea races will open at dawn on Saturday with the first of six races to be run at 10am.

Buses have been organised to bring patrons from throughout the Wide Bay area to and from the track. The first bus out of Hervey Bay will be at 8.30am, while the Maryborough buses will start at 8am.



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