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History meets fashion at Saints Race Day

LOOKING FINE: Contenders for the Classic Lady competition at the Saints Race Day Fashions of the Field last year.
LOOKING FINE: Contenders for the Classic Lady competition at the Saints Race Day Fashions of the Field last year. File

ONE of Dalby's favourite social events is ready provide entertainment for the whole family this weekend.

Our Lady of the Southern Cross College's (OLSCC) Saints Race Day is one of the oldest race meetings in Queensland, but continues to reinvent itself to keep the crowds coming back.

Committee member Elizabeth Carter said this year's theme is the epitome of bush racing and there will be plenty of entertainment off-track for punters.

"The decorations are coming along nicely, we've got florists who work with native flowers because we've gone with the theme Beauty of the Bush this year,” Mrs Carter said.

"We've got a great band coming out from Toowoomba who have just come back into the live scene, The Solitary Men.

"We've got a live auction happening with a really beautiful silver necklace and bracelets from Hay's Jewellers, concrete from Wild River Concrete, ham donated by Reed's Piggery and a Ray White antique-style yellow bicycle.

"The Face of the Weetwood is also coming out to judge the fashions on the field.”

On the track the seven race card will be headlined by the Plough Inn Cup, which will be run over 1400m.

The day marks the biggest fundraiser of the year for OLSCC, and the school already know where the money will be invested.

"It's going to be going towards air conditioning at school,” Mrs Carter said.

"In addition to that I've spoken to the principal about the changing face of teaching ... previously I'd buy books whereas now there's online subscriptions, so we're looking into the school purchasing some of those to benefit both teachers and students.”

Mrs Carter said the races are as good as a social day you can get, and expects another good crowd at the Bunya Park Racecourse tomorrow for the history rich event.

"The races are the perfect social occasion, you get to spend time with friends and have a few drinks. The committee has made sure the marquee will have some really nice drinks this year.

"It's such a great community building event and provides so many opportunities for the school.

"We always use local businesses as our suppliers, so its great to come together and celebrate what it is to be Dalby.”

Gates open tomorrow at midday, with tickets still available. Marquee tickets are $30 each or you can book a table of 10 for $250.

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