ALL DRESSED UP: Kim Clark and Brooke Taylor Dalby Picnic Races last year.
ALL DRESSED UP: Kim Clark and Brooke Taylor Dalby Picnic Races last year. Fee Turner

Dalby Picnic Races looking the goods

THE Dalby Picnic Races is set to splash colour all over the Bunya Park Racecourse on Saturday, as punters fill the stands in one of the towns biggest social events.

Jane Black is the President of the Dalby Picnic Race Club and said that the meeting is one locals love to attend because of their prestige.

"The history of the picnics is so unique, they've been going for 105 years, other race meetings around are probably just as old but the picnics have a lovely history and it just makes them special,” Mrs Black said.

"There's just something about the picnic races; it's the biggest raceday Dalby has.”

According to Mrs Black ticket sales for the event have been outstanding, with some areas already having to put up the 'full house' sign.

"All of the corporate marquees have sold really well.

"One has sold out already, one only has about 20 tickets left and the other one only has about 18.

"We have The Windsor Treehouse coming again this year which is always very popular.”

The action isn't only restricted to thoroughbreds flying down the track, with this years Fashion on the Field once again expected to be hotly contested.

"The Fashions on the Field is always big, we have $7,500 worth of prizes to be won from that.

"The winner gets $500 cash plus $500 worth of prizes.

"We have so many men who enter surprisingly, we have to have four or five heats just to display them all.”

With the weather at this time of year unpredictable, Mrs Black said patrons might be hedging their bets when getting dressed.

"It's an autumn race meeting so it could turn very cool, so we might see a winter feel with the fashion.

"But having said that it has been pretty warm the last couple of years.”

Mrs Black said the emphasis placed on fashion ensures the picnics have a high class feel, but they don't lose any of the country touch.

"It's where city meets country; we try to make it as glamorous as possible but keep the renowned Dalby hospitality.”

Tickets start at $35 for general admission, the Windsor Treehouse is $135 and tickets for the Oakey Beef Exports Winning Post are $225.

The day will feature a seven race program.


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