RACE DAY: Mt Perry offers a great atmosphere for all ages and the next race day is this month.
RACE DAY: Mt Perry offers a great atmosphere for all ages and the next race day is this month. Adam McCleery

Family fun and horse races

THE Mt Perry Races organisers are focused on making the event as family friendly as possible, and this year is no exception.

Mt Perry Race Club member and event organiser Joy Jensen said the emphasis on family time was a big part of the race day.

"We want to look after them and make the day as enjoyable a day as we can,” Mrs Jensen said.

"We found a very good sponsor who is providing all the children's entertainment, such as the jumping castle and mini train rides which will both be free for the kids.

"We will also have an area designated for the children where parents can be assured they are happy and enjoying themselves and being well looked after.”

Any children under 18 can enter the race course for free, while tickets for everyone else are $10.

"We are encouraging people to come and enjoy the day, we provide food, drinks, the shade, whatever people need and hopefully that can keep them coming back each year,” Mrs Jensen said.

"We will also be holding a high tea marquee for $40 a person which includes a glass of champagne and a large selection of cold and hot savouries and desserts.

The safety of the course patrons is of the utmost priority to the Mt Perry Race Club and free camping on site will again be available.

"Once again we look after the safety of our race goers and also want to ensure they can enjoy the whole weekend,” Mrs Jensen said.

A new event will also begin this year to coincide with the traditional jocks plate.

"This year we are starting the Gold Pan Discuss which will happen between the jocks plate and the live evening entertainment,” Mrs Jensen said.

"This one is being sponsored by the Mt Perry General Store and was inspired by the Dingo Trap Throw from the Emerald Races.

"We thought that with Evolution Mine out here the gold pan would be a unique event.”

The Bargara Brewing Company will also be on site to offer some of its boutique beers including Drunk Fish and Thirsty Turtle.

"They are doing very well out there and are bringing their beautiful craft beers to the track for us,” Mrs Jensen said.

A live band will take over after the races to entertain the crowds long into the evening.

The Mt Perry Races is on Saturday, November 12 with gates open from 11am.

For more information you can contact Belinda on 41563969.


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